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Original Message—— From: Phil Singer Sent: Sun 12/2/2007 12:49 PM To: Howard Wolfson; War Room Subject: RE: Chi-Trib Blog: Obama: Hopefund is not a ‘slush fund! We have that in the can and can stam it out ——-Original Message— From: Howard Wolfson: Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2007 12:49 PM To: Phil Singer, War Room ‘Subject: Re: Chi-Trib Blog: Obama: Hopefund is not a ‘slush fund’ “I have not been planning to run for president for however number of years some of the other candidates have been planning for. I would lilke to put out a release documenting all the instances that we know obama has been contemplating a potus run Original Message-—- From: Phil Singer To: War Room Sent: Sun Dec 02 12:44:51 2007 Subject: Chi-Trib Blog: Obama: Hopefund is not a ‘slush fund’ ‘Obama; Hopefund is nota ‘slush fund’ by John McCormick DES MOINES - Sen, Barack Obama this morning defended the use of money from his political action committee to back political candidates who happen to have endorsed his presidential bid. “Everything we have done is in exact accordance of the law," Obama said at a news conference. “And unless they can show that it hasn't been, I'd suggest they focus on trying to get their supporters to the caucus in lowa.” The Illinois Democrat was responding to criticism this morning from the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Clinton media guru Howard Wolfson called Obama's Hopefund a "slush fund” that should be closed now that he is a candidate for president. Clinton's campaign said she made dormant her political action committee, HillPac, when she entered the presidential race in January. Obama said Hopefund is no longer raising money, but that because of the rapid nature of his decision to run for president he was left with money in the fund to share with other Democrats. “"Thave not been planning to run for president for however number of years some of the other candidates have been planning for. So, by the time we announced that | was running, there was still money left over, which we used to contribute to candidates all across the country to help build a Democratic majority. That was the original purpose of it. That is the purpose of all these leadership funds. It's the same purpose that Sen. Clinton's leadership fund was set up..We just simply didn't have the ability to get all that money out. And | would point out, we made contributions to many people who are endorsing Sen. Clinton, instead of me. | think what people need to focus on is that all these accusations that are starting to come out, seem to correspond to shifts in political fortune.” After initially denying any coordination between Hopefund and Obama's presidential bid, the Washington Post reported last week that Obama's campaign encouraged the PAC ta give money to candidates in early voting states. According to the Clinton campaign, Wolfson said the following during his network appearance: “There's a lot that voters don't know about Barack Obama. And one thing they don't know - we found out this week - is that he has been using and operating a so-called leadership PAC, in apparent contravention of campaign finance laws, taking in money from lobbyists despite the fact he said he doesn't take money from lobbyists, taking in money from lobbyists and giving money out to candidates in New Hampshire and lowa to support his presidential campaign. The Clinton campaign also said Obama has given 68 percent of its contributions to those in states scheduled to hold nominating contests on Feb. 5 or earlier. "On the campaign trail, Obama tells voters he rejects money from federal lobbyists and corporate political action committees,” Clinton's campaign said in a statement. "But the Hopefund money he is distributing in early states includes over $120,000 from federal PACs and over $30,000 from registered federal lobbyist including Lockheed Martin, Wal-Mart and Citibank.” ‘Obama's campaign also this morning announced the endorsement of Des Moines Mayor Frank ‘Cownie.