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New GOP Mail Goes After Obama On Lobbyists, Taxes, And Socialism

12/02/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The anti-Obama mail keeps piling up. A reader forwarded a set of pieces that go after the Illinois Democrat for not, really, being a thorn in the side of lobbyists and for planning to raise taxes alongside his liberal allies in Congress,

The first piece accuses Obama of funneling the "hard-earned money of America's taxpayers to pay his friends and family with political favors."

As evidence the literature cites the Senator's relationship with Tony Rezko - the indicted Chicago insider - and two earmarks that Obama helped bring to Illinois; projects that, tangentially, were connected to his wife or a political supporter. It is, in short, thin gruel.

The second mailer is a more boilerplate charge. It accuses "Obama and liberal Democrats" of planning for "higher taxes," over a photo of the Senator and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. What follows is a greatest hits list, of sorts, in Republican criticisms: Obama plans to spread the wealth, he took huge amounts of contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and is promising "socialist" spending plans that would balloon the deficit.

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