An interesting tidbit from the AJC’s PolitiFact article giving the Barnes campaign a “pants of fire” rating re: Obama’s visit.
Barnes has been a loyal Democrat for years, giving generously to a long list of candidates and Democratic organizations. Federal Election Commission records show he gave the DNC $10,000 in 2009 and $15,000 in 2004. He initially backed former U.S. Sen. John Edwards for president in 2008 but threw his support and checkbook behind Obama when Edwards bailed out of the race. Federal election records show Barnes gave $2,300 to “Obama for America” on Aug. 30, 2008, and on Sept. 23, 2008, gave $2,500 to the “Obama Victory Fund.” The former governor even gave Obama money six years ago, before the former senator rocketed onto the nation stage — FEC records shows Barnes gave $1,000 to “Obama for Illinois Inc.” on June 2, 2004. Barnes is certainly the kind of guy the Democrats like to have at their fund-raisers.