After reviewing another round of Sunday talk shows appearances by Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod, it has become abundantly clear to me that the White House is not backing away from their outrageous attacks on the Chamber of Commerce. Which is incredible because the stench of hypocrisy is so overwhelming that even some Democrats are questioning the White House’s “spaghetti strategy” of attacking organizations for allegedly using foreign money for their political donations.
Robert Gibbs, appearing on Meet The Press, continued to charge that the Chamber’s fund-raising practices pose a “threat to out democracy”, but apparently, only when Republicans are recipients of their donations…
Gibbs regurgitated the same talking points we’ve been hearing all month:
“You’ve got a group that does take money from foreign countries, from companies in other countries. They are running $75 million worth of ads,” Gibbs said. “You and I don’t know exactly who is contributing to that, because there is a program that keeps all of their donors and involvement in these ads a complete secret. You’re not going to know today. You’re not going to know tomorrow. You’re not going to know after the elections.”
Gibbs claimed that “all the conservative groups,” including those co-founded by former Bush adviser Karl Rove, are spending a total of $399 million on the election and said “it does have the potential to derail our democracy.”
Obama threw down the gauntlet on the issue when he said at a rally this month that the Chamber was taking in “foreign money” while spending “huge sums” on the U.S. elections, a scenario he called a “threat to our democracy.”
Unless it’s Democrats receiving the money – then it’s okay…
Gibbs edged off the administration’s offensive during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Questioned on whether Democratic candidates like West Virginia Senate nominee Joe Manchin should “rebuff” the support they’re getting from the Chamber, Gibbs said he’s not concerned about them.
“Look, the Chamber has certainly a constitutionally protected right to air ads. Nobody is arguing that they can’t be involved in the election,” Gibbs said.
But he’s ramping up the pressure to make the Chamber “open up its books”:
Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Obama’s top spokesman Robert Gibbs said the world’s largest business federation should “open up its books” and “show the American people” that the money is not coming from foreign sources, as the administration previously suggested.
“The chamber certainly has a constitutionally protected right to air ads, but the president has said that groups that support Democrats and Republicans ought to simply tell the American people where they get their money,” said Gibbs.
This is amazing rhetoric considering reports that Obama spent a record $744 million on his campaign but has disclosed donors for only $485 million, and thousands of his donations, amounting to millions of dollars, came from foreign sources.
The Executive Vice President for government affairs at the Chamber of Commerce has already stated that they have no intention of publicizing their donors, because they don’t see the need of subjecting them to the intimidation practices of Obama allies like the SEIU, the AFL-CIO, HCANN.
But never mind that – if the President was really concerned about money coming in from foreign sources, why hasn’t he demanded that liberal groups “open their books” as well? After all, Dems take in twice as much “foreign” money as Republicans.
And why did he hire Robert Gibbs, who in 2004, was the spokesman for a “secretive” liberal advocacy group called Americans for Jobs, Health Care & Progressive Values, which spent months organizing scathing ads about Howard Dean without disclosing who was paying for them.
Gibbs went so far last week as to direct reporters to walk over to the Chamber of Commerce building and demand that they disclose their donors.
Axelrod continued the drumbeat on CNN:
“They say, trust us, trust us … everything is cool. Everything is kosher. Don’t worry about it, but we’re not going to disclose,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Let me tell you something — people don’t disclose, there’s a reason.”
Spoken as one who knows…
Of course there is a reason the Chamber won’t disclose – they’re afraid of you guys.
What’s Obama’s excuse?
They really are embarrassing themselves with this line of attack.
Newsbusters: Mark Shields: White House Made Up Chamber of Commerce Foreign Money Story
This right here really takes the cake!
Marc Thiessen: Are foreign and illegal workers funding Democrats’ attack ads?
Some may argue that raising such questions is unfair. But it was the president of the United States who opened the door to this line of inquiry. Obama recently said of the Chamber, “Groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections.” Well Obama’s allies in organized labor receive far more foreign money than the Chamber and are spending huge sums to influence American elections. They have boasted of having illegal foreign workers on their rolls and have admitted that they cannot be certain money from foreign nationals has not been used in their campaigns efforts against Republican candidates.
Now it’s time for the Democrats to start answering the same charges that they leveled against the Chamber and American Crossroads with such abandon. Is organized labor using foreign money to elect Democrats this November? To paraphrase the president, they could be — we just don’t know. But if Republicans win two weeks from now, and take control of the investigative committees of Congress, we may soon find out.