Apparently some of these donations have fallen through the cracks, but given how adamant the Obama campaign has been about not accepting any donations from this particular group, they’d do well to return every penny…and soon.
The Obama campaign said it has not changed its policy regarding lobbyist contributions and that it continues to take steps to ensure such contributions are returned.
â€œIndividuals who donate either have to check a box indicating that they are not a federally registered lobbyist, or fill out a donor card with a disclaimer that says we donâ€™t accept lobbyist money,â€ Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in an e-mail. â€œFor when these voluntary measures fail, we also check contributions against a database and decline or return all contributions from federally registered lobbyists.â€
Despite those measures, only two of the 42 federally registered contributing lobbyists, David Taylor of Weil Gotshal & Manges and Kyle Danish of Van Ness Feldman, reported on their forms that the Obama campaign had refunded their money.
As Roll Call points out, many of these donations are under a “$200 threshold that triggers reporting,” but again…the bar has been set so high that the campaign needs to live up to their pledge and return the money.
And to that point…
â€œBecause of a law championed by Sen. Obama, lobbyists are now required to disclose their contributions, which gives us another chance to make sure we havenâ€™t taken any money from lobbyists,â€ Vietor said. â€œAny contributions from lobbyists that werenâ€™t already returned will be soon.â€
More as it develops…