Obama Backers Tied to Lobbies

At least 15 of President Obama's “bundlers,” or supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and raise it from others, are also involved in lobbying for consulting organizations or private companies. President Obama has gone beyond the requirements of the law in his campaign pledge not to take money from registered lobbyists, but the complicated rules surrounding lobbying means that some of his bundlers work in the lobbying industry yet don't have to register. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is popular with registered lobbyists, getting contributions from more than 100, according to a Washington Post analysis. Rick Perry has gotten contributions from 72 registered lobbyists.