Why are Senate Democrats fundraising in Canada?

posted at 3:35 pm on July 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What does a political party do when its agenda has thoroughly disenchanted the voting public?   Leave the country, according to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet, after the NRSC got its hands on an invite to a fundraising effort in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The event didn’t raise money for the Grits or the Tories, but rather for desperate Senate Democrats and their wannabes:

The Giannoulias Democratic Illinois Senate campaign confirmed Monday–after prodding from the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee–that Alexi Giannoulias was in Canada on Sunday attending a fund-raiser at a trial lawyer convention in Vancouver that would benefit his Senate campaign.

Despite my requests for Giannoulias whereabouts each day, the campaign decided not to disclose that Giannoulias flew to Vancouver on Sunday. …

The Giannoulias campaign revealed Giannoulias whereabouts when I called and asked about the NRSC release. At that point, a campaign spokesman said the Giannoulias was in Los Angeles today for a round of West Coast fund-raising, mainly to cultivate relationships with donors, I was told.

The Vancouver fund-raiser was sponsored by the American Association for Justice’s Committee for a Better Future. The price ranged from $43,200 to $250. The haul from the event was divided between 12 Democratic Senate candidates, according to the invitation (see the text of the invite at the click.). Foreign nationals cannot contribute to U.S. federal campaigns.

I guess I’d call that progress; the trial lawyers can’t meet in the US to give their money to Democrats.  Forcing Democratic candidates to sneak across the northern border gives a pretty good indication of their popularity — and for that matter, the popularity of these Democrats.

The recipient list reads like a who’s-who of desperation, and especially the breakdown of the proceeds.  Even though the invitation lists twelve candidates, Harry Reid gets 20% off the top.  Michael Bennet of Colorado, who appears to be in deep trouble, gets 9.3%.    Everyone else gets 7.07%, with Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut probably the only one not needing it.  The other candidates are all facing uphill battles, not the least of which is Alexi Giannoulias, who did his best to hide this trip from scrutiny.

And well he might.  As IBD’s latest TIPP poll of likely voters show, Democratic control of Congress is falling out of fashion — especially with independents:

It’s been a hot summer in Washington, D.C., but the forecast for President Obama and Democrats is dark, overcast and chilly , according to July’s IBD/TIPP poll.

Only 43% of likely voters say they want the Democrats to retain control of Congress after November’s midterm elections, while 48% favor a Republican takeover. Independents, the swing voters that decide elections, are even more eager for change: They prefer GOP control by a 52%-31% margin. …

There’s also strong evidence of a partisan “enthusiasm gap.” Among registered voters, 65% of Republicans and 55% of independents say they are extremely interested in the upcoming elections. Just 48% of Democrats are.

Next time these candidates go to Canada, they may want to consider staying there.

Update: Just to make this clear, the Democrats were fundraising among Americans at the conference.


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I thought there was a law against donations from foreigners?

ButterflyDragon on July 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Getting around donation laws?

lorien1973 on July 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Something is rotten in the State of Denmark, I mean Washington?

sandee on July 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Why are Senate Democrats fundraising in Canada?

Because their Hezbollah fundraising drive was getting tedious.

Norwegian on July 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Alexi Giannoulias was in Canada on Sunday attending a fund-raiser at a trial lawyer convention in Vancouver that would benefit his Senate campaign.

This is exactly what obama was talking about how these rascally Repub,…oh it’s a Dem, never mind

ConservativePartyNow on July 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Reid’s a hoser, aye.

AubieJon on July 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Next time these candidates go to Canada, they may want to consider staying there.

Oh come on Canada has done nothing to deserve that kind of hate filled rhetoric. =P

bj1126 on July 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Is this even legal, let alone ethical?

Tommy_G on July 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Is this legal??

PatriotRider on July 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Sure hope none of those donations were from, y’know, foreign nationals…

mojo on July 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM

I wish they WOULD leave the country, and stay there.

Daggett on July 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Count one Chris Coons of Delaware in on this; he is the Democrat running agains Mike Castle for the seat that used to be Joe Biden’s. He is a leftist political punk/hack who as county executive raised taxes at every opportunity.

Our illustrious local newspaper, the Wilmington News Journal, posted the story for about an hour and then scrubbed it.

DaydreamBeliever on July 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Is this legal??

PatriotRider on July 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

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Probably not, but do you think the DOJ cares?

diogenes on July 13, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Couldn’t find any hotels in the US that could use the business I guess.

ctmom on July 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Is this even legal, let alone ethical?

Tommy_G on July 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

As long as the donors are US citizens, yes.

The US trial lawyers were meeting in Vancouver so they could write off a vacation there as a busines expense.

Wethal on July 13, 2010 at 3:48 PM

I thought there was a law against donations from foreigners?

There’s no law against Americans donating from foreign countries.

YYZ on July 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM


Forcing Democratic candidates to sneak across the northern border gives a pretty good indication of their popularity

If only they’d try to sneak across the SOUTHERN border!

Tony737 on July 13, 2010 at 3:54 PM

There still may be a problem that unless they met in airport lobby, (which we know they did not) there is an issue with paying to use a foreign location to host something like this

ConservativePartyNow on July 13, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Why are US Senate Democrats (American members of the American federal government) fundraising in Canada?

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(bold text added by me for clarity)
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This sounds like a new and entertaining political ad, to be seen soon in Nevada.
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Will Harry Reid be available for comment?

Arbalest on July 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM

It’s okay to solicit foreign money but it’s not okay for US corporations to have free speech? The Dems want to represent everyone but American citizens and interests.

Django on July 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Well if Canada was on the border I could understand, but since it’s a few states away from the border …

Tony737 on July 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

If too many Dems flood into Canada, will it tip over?

Tony737 on July 13, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Of course there is never a quid pro quo for the donors to these pols.

Former Carter pollster Pat Caddell spoke some gold on the Huckabee show recently when he mentioney the crony politics both parties engage in year in and year out.

IlikedAUH2O on July 13, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Are they doing this in all 57 provinces?

Tony737 on July 13, 2010 at 3:59 PM

The Democrats said if I voted for Palin, they’d go to Canada. And they were right!

LibTired on July 13, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Giannoulias would have more success fundraising in Sicily wouldn’t he?

BL@KBIRD on July 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

There’s no law against Americans donating from foreign countries.

YYZ on July 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Exactly. These aren’t foreign donors, just U.S. plaintiffs’ lawyers donating while golfing or moose hunting in Canada.

BTW: This organization:

American Association for Justice’s Committee for a Better Future

was formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association, or ATLA for short. In other words, it’s the Society for the Promotion of Colleagues of John Edwards. ATLA’s name had become synonymous with scum that they changed it in the past two or three years.

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Giannoulias would have more success fundraising in Sicily wouldn’t he?

BL@KBIRD on July 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Those donors will break your legs if you don’t produce. Trial lawyers will just consider not donating. But then they hear talk of “tort reform,” and they immediately wire money to Democrats.

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Update: Just to make this clear, the Democrats were fundraising among Americans at the conference.

Sure they were. Scrupulously turning away donations from non-US citizens, I’m sure.

Midas on July 13, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Update: Just to make this clear, the Democrats were fundraising among Americans at the conference.

I’d want proof of that.

Iblis on July 13, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Are they flying planes to Canada?

Why are they killing the Earth with their carbon!

WisCon on July 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Update: Just to make this clear, the Democrats were fundraising among Americans at the conference.

Did everyone see Ed’s update? The story here isn’t illegal foreign donors. As I see it, the story is that although Wall Street donors are reportedly fleeing from Democrats, American plaintiffs’ lawyers will NEVER abandon them. And because “tort reform” actually received some minor publicity–though NO traction–in the Obamacare debate, the plaintiffs’ lawyers wanted to call as little attention to their donations as possible. My impression is that they’re more one-sided in their contributions than the unions.

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

There’s no law against Americans donating from foreign countries.

YYZ on July 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM

So, I’m supposed to believe everyone that attended (and donated to) a fundraiser in Canada was from America? Color me skeptical.

ButterflyDragon on July 13, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Just to make this clear, the Democrats were fundraising among Americans at the conference.

I want proof. I want to see records of donors who were at that convention. Otherwise, Canadian nationals illegally donated to Harry Reid and Michael Bennet.

BTW, why are US trial lawyers holding a convention in Vancouver, Canada? Isn’t Seattle good enough for them?

BradSchwartze on July 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Update: Just to make this clear, the Democrats were fundraising among Americans at the conference.

Suuuuuuurrre they were. And all the money the lawyers donated they brought with them, in moneybags with a dollar sign on them.

Squiggy on July 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Here’s the thing: The money was distributed via one large pot. These guys better hope not a single foreign national donated to the overall pot.

amerpundit on July 13, 2010 at 4:17 PM

YYZ on July 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Wipe the…stuff…off your chin. It reveals too much.

BradSchwartze on July 13, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Update: Just to make this clear, the Democrats were fundraising among Americans at the conference.

They need to release the records. When you fundraise in a foreign country for your American political campaign, the burden of proof is on you to show that no foreigners donated.

amerpundit on July 13, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Next time these candidates go to Canada, they may want to consider staying there.

Don’t think for a moment we want these traitors people – after all, we don’t accept those who desert the US Military – as big a country as it is, there is no room for Democrats. . . .

karra on July 13, 2010 at 4:21 PM

It’s not called the left coast for nothing.

Zorgon on July 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

So, was Red Green the Toastmaster?

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I thought there was a law against donations from foreigners?

ButterflyDragon on July 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

So did I, but Vancouver must be part of the 57th state.

What starts in Vegas now flees to Canada.

Steve Z on July 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM

When confronted by a news reporter, Alex Giannoulias quickly hid behind his back the Moosehead beer in his hand and slured, “Take off hoser!”.

Film at 11:00

Renee on July 13, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Harry Reid (D) al Qaida

The man that went out of his way to declare victory for al qaida.

BruthaMan on July 13, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Too bad those BASTARDS can’t STAY in Canada.

GarandFan on July 13, 2010 at 4:50 PM

There’s a strong feeling of cooked goose in the air.

docjohn52 on July 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Wipe the…stuff…off your chin. It reveals too much.

Yeah, whatever. Canadians care who wins the Senate seat in Illinois.

YYZ on July 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM

So, I’m supposed to believe everyone that attended (and donated to) a fundraiser in Canada was from America? Color me skeptical.

Let’s put it this way. If there were a large conference of American lawyers or psychiatrists or engineers in the Bahamas, how many people at a related political fundraiser do you think would be Bahamians? My guess is quite few.

This is similar.

YYZ on July 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM

So, I’m supposed to believe everyone that attended (and donated to) a fundraiser in Canada was from America? Color me skeptical.

Let’s put it this way. If there were a large conference of American lawyers or psychiatrists or engineers in the Bahamas, how many people at a related political fundraiser do you think would be Bahamians? My guess is quite few.

This is similar.

YYZ on July 13, 2010 at 4:57 PM

This isn’t going to help ObamaCare supporters in PA …

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when Congress considered the bill.

The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new “high-risk” insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.

It has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania.

J_Crater on July 13, 2010 at 5:00 PM

no passport, no get back in…

cmsinaz on July 13, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Next time these candidates go to Canada, they may want to consider staying there.

As a Canadian, can I say no thank you?

Johnny 100 Pesos on July 13, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Too bad those BASTARDS can’t STAY in Canada.

GarandFan on July 13, 2010 at 4:50 PM

No thanks, we have enough bastards already!

But I can see the liberal scum from here especially in Lotus Land contributing to any liberal/socialist/marxist candidate.

They smoke a lot of weed in BC and it may have caused more than a little brain damage.

G-man on July 13, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Don’t forget that O! disabled donor confirmation on his website during the campaign so foreign donors had no problems donating. After the election, the FEC refused to investigate.

Someone needs to file a lawsuit now.

SDN on July 13, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I think the Democrats are boycotting America because we’re racist.

year_of_the_dingo on July 13, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Reid going to Canada to raise money, outsourcing fund raising…c’mon, this is an ad waiting to be shown…

right2bright on July 13, 2010 at 5:45 PM

I do notice that they are all going to Vancouver, which is the Canadian equivalent of San Francisco.

Johnny 100 Pesos on July 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Doesn’t appear anything illegal about the fund raising but it lends itself to an ancient wisdom saying: “Be scrupulous to avoid any appearance of wrong doing.” The fund raiser sure presents an appearance of wrong doing.

chemman on July 13, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Democrat Jason Allen is being funded by SEIU and ACORN to replace Bart Stupak in Michigan’s 1st District….you know Bart Stupak (Bart Stupak: Hey let’s use BP Escrow fund to pay for health care.) Dr Dan needs donations too – his opponent is squirreling away Union donations.

Hey Michigan’s 1st District, I’ve Got A Remedy For What’s Been Ailing You. Get Your Prescription Filled Here.

Dr Evil on July 13, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Is not Canada the destination for all our traitors and deserters? Seems appropriate to me.

jcrue on July 13, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Update: Just to make this clear, the Democrats were fundraising among Americans at the conference.

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And how was citizenship verified?
Was Norman Shu let out of jail?

diogenes on July 13, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I want proof. I want to see records of donors who were at that convention. Otherwise, Canadian nationals illegally donated to Harry Reid and Michael Bennet.

BradSchwartze

Me too

E9RET on July 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Well, aren’t they going to be part of the United States of North America? Seems only fair…

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 14, 2010 at 7:48 PM