Barack Obama (D)
Obama Exploratory Committee
607 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
• After graduating magna cum laude from
Harvard Law School, Senator Obama
became an attorney as well as an
• Barack has worked as a financial analyst as
well as a community organizer in Chicago.
• He was a senior lecturer of Constitutional
Law at the University of Chicago Law
• He served for three terms in the Illinois State
Legislature before being elected to the
United States Senate in 2004.
• Last year, he was one of only 8 Senators to
vote against reform legislation taken up in
the Senate because he thought the bill was
• Obama would like to curb the ability of
lawmakers to accept subsidized flights on
corporate jets, and the ability of lobbyists to
curry influence by "bundling" large groups
of contributions for lawmakers.
• Obama worked with Senator Russ Feingold
(D-WI) to introduce legislation described as
the "gold standard for reform."
• The final legislation included reforms such
as mandating full disclosure of who is
sponsoring earmarks, additional restrictions
to close the revolving door between public
service and lobbying shops, and much
tighter disclosure requirements for political
contributions from lobbyists.
• Before the war in Iraq ever started, Senator
Obama said that it was wrong in its
• In 2002, then Illinois State Senator Obama
said Saddam Hussein posed no imminent
threat to the United States and that invasion
would lead to an occupation of
undetermined length, at undetermined cost,
with undetermined consequences.
• Since then, Senator Obama has laid out a
plan on the way forward in Iraq that has
largely been affirmed by the bipartisan Iraq
Study Group led by James Baker and Lee
• In January of 2007, he offered a responsible
alternative to President Bush's failed
escalation policy which has a goal of
bringing home the last combat brigades from
Iraq by March 31, 2008.
• Barack Obama wants to preserve the
integrity of our borders to reduce illegal
immigration. He supports additional
personnel, infrastructure, and technology on
the border and at our ports of entry.
• To remove incentives to enter the country
illegally, we need to crack down on
employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Barack Obama has championed a proposal
with several other Senators to create a new
employment eligibility verification system
so employers could verify that their
employees are legally eligible to work in the
U.S., making it fair to legal workers and
tougher on employers.
• Barack Obama supports a system that
requires undocumented immigrants that are
in good standing to pay a fine, learn English,
not commit crimes, go to the back of the line
for citizenship, and then after all those
conditions are met, they would be granted
the opportunity to stay in the United States.