Obama on Equal Pay

by Lorie Byrd | September 19, 2008 11:44 am

I heard a radio ad yesterday from the Obama campaign claiming that John McCain is against equal pay for women, but I had just read this article[1] prior to hearing the ad so my poor daughter had to hear me rant about how Obama sure didn’t practice what he was preaching.

While Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has produced a television ad criticizing Sen. John McCain’s position on equal pay for women and pointing out that women in America are paid only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, Obama pays his own female Senate staffers, on average, only 78 percent of what he pays male staffers.

Women on McCain’s staff, meanwhile, earn 24 percent more on average than women on Obama’s Senate staff. McCain also pays his female Senate staff members a higher average salary than his male Senate staff members.

Women occupy seven of the top 10 highest-paid positions on McCain’s staff, and five of the top 10 highest-paid positions on Obama’s staff.

The numbers come from the most recent Report of the Secretary of the Senate, which includes the salaries of every member of each U.S. senator’s staff during the period of Oct. 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008.

This is the second consecutive six-month period reviewed by CNSNews.com in which McCain, an Arizona Republican, has paid women on his Senate staff a higher average salary than he pays men and Obama has paid men a higher average salary than he pays women.

The pay gap between men and women in McCain’s office closed in the most recent six-month period compared to the previous period, but the pay gap widened slightly in Obama’s office. The CNSNews.com analysis included all staff members for each Senator–except those listed as “interns”–that were included in the Report of the Secretary of the Senate.

What is it with the Obama campaign that they constantly bring up issues they are so vulnerable on? I suppose they trust their friends in the media will never point out their hypocrisy.

Crossposted at Wizbang.

  1. this article: http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=35972

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