Barack Obama's campaign just posted a web ad promoting his independence from Washington special interests.
It shows him talking to voters about he decided not to take campaign money from political action committees or Washington lobbyists so he would answer to the people and not "fat cat donors."
"A campaign powered by people, not the special interests," it says on screen.
Obama is getting close to 2 million individual donors -- and he needs them since he is bypassing public financing. But the New York Times reported last week that while donations of $200 or less make up more than half of the $340 million he had collected through June 30, he has also received $112 million in contributions of $1,000 or more.
And though he's not accepting PAC or federal lobbyist money, he has received donations from state lobbyists and help -- in the form of ads and volunteers -- from political action committees, notably the anti-war MoveOn.org.
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