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MSNBC Debate Highlight: Yucca Mountain

MSNBC Debate Highlight: Yucca Mountain

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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 | 2 a.m.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards discuss Yucca Mountain.

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  1. Does Nevada Want More Nuclear Power Plants/Waste Dumps?
    Then - Vote for Barack Obama.

    Nevada debate this week: Obama: yes, I am in favor of building MORE nuclear
    power plants. And Obama’s sixth largest contributor is Exelon, the proud Chicago-based owner and operator of more nuclear power plants than any entity on earth (Center for Responsive Politics 2007a).

    Clinton: I have an energy plan & nuclear isn't in it.
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    Obama's "clean" Money:

    "Portraying himself as a new-style politician determined to reform the capitol, Mr. Obama makes his policy clear in fund-raising invitations, stating that he takes no donations from 'federal lobbyists.' ... The Illinois Democrat's policy of shunning money from lobbyists registered to do business on Capitol Hill does not extend to lawyers whose partners lobby there. Nor does the ban apply to corporations that have major lobby operations in Washington.

    "Obama accepts money from lobbyists' spouses and other family members, their partners at the law firms where they work if the partners aren't registered to lobby, senior executives at companies that hire lobbyists, and state-level lobbyists. The campaign says it is making a 'best effort' to stay away from tainted money," according to FactCheck.org ... But overall, the same wealthy interests are funding his campaign as are funding other candidates"

    Lobbyist Bundlers
    The following, according to Public Citizen/WhiteHouseForSale, have been identified by the Obama campaign as bundlers who are also lobbyists who contributed to Obama:

    Frank M. Clark is chairman and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. As an Obama bundler, Clark raised $200,000+.

    "The Illinois-based company (Excelon) also helped Obama"s 2004 senatorial campaign. As Ken Silverstein reported in the November 2006 issue of Harper"s, '[Exelon] is Obama"s fourth largest patron. During debate on the 2005 energy bill, Obama helped to vote down an amendment that would have killed vast loan guarantees for power-plant operators to develop new energy projects the public will not only pay millions of dollars in loan costs but will risk losing billions of dollars if the companies default.'"

    Thomas J. Perrilli, partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Jenner and Block, a Chicago general practice law firm, which includes among its clients the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and Time Warner Inc. As an Obama bundler, Perrelli raised $200,000+.

    Alan D. Solomont of Solomont Bailis Ventures[29] in Massachusetts represents Health Services/HMOs. As an Obama bundler, Solomont raised $200,000+.

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