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Dick Morris Repeats False Claim Obama Voted Against Ethics Reform

Reported by Ellen - January 17, 2007 -

Last night (1/16/07) on Hannity & Colmes, Dick Morris discussed Barack Obama's "first misstep" of voting against legislation that would prevent legislators from hiring family members to work on their campaigns or PAC's (political action committees). Morris made the further (unsubstantiated) accusation that Obama's vote was due to the fact that he didn't want to get on the bad side of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. by disallowing his wife from working on his campaign. But, as Media Matters reports, the misstep was Morris'. Obama never voted against the measure. With video.

Media Matters posted an article on its website in response to Morris' accusation in his January 17 column in The Hill that Obama voted against the legislation. As Media Matters stated:

Morris was apparently referring to a proposed amendment by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) to the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007 that Morris claimed Obama voted against. In fact, on January 10, Obama voted against a motion to table -- or postpone consideration of and effectively kill -- the amendment.

As of January 16, the vote to table Vitter's amendment has been the only Senate roll-call vote during the 110th Congress on the issue of legislators hiring family members to their campaign committees or PACs.

In that column, Morris conjectures that Obama's "inexplicable pro-nepotism vote may have been cast in sympathy with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), whose hiring of his wife, Sandi, to work on his campaign prompted an FEC ruling allowing the practice. Jackson might be afraid that the Senate action will catalyze a similar reform in the House, which could cut way back on his disposable family income."

On last night's Hannity & Colmes, Morris not only repeated the false allegation that Obama voted for nepotism, he turned the conjecture about Obama not wanting to alienate Jackson into a certainty.