From the San Francisco Chronicle
Obama urged to renounce groups’ ads
Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
Thursday, January 24, 2008
(01-24) 18:18 PST —
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama – who has criticized Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards for benefiting from “independent expenditure” and political action committees – is taking heat because some of the same kind of organizations are now spending money, organizing and putting up TV ads on his behalf in the Bay Area.
These types of independent organizations aren’t illegal as long as they do not act in a coordinated way with the campaign. But critics say Obama is being hypocritical in denouncing Edwards’ connection with “527” independent expenditure groups while not demanding that ones supporting him stop.