Quotes of the day

posted at 9:30 pm on October 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

“The long-simmering feud between Democrats and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has erupted into a full-scale war…

“‘Just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for these ads regularly takes in money from foreign corporations,’ Obama said at a Thursday rally for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. ‘So groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections, and they won’t tell you where the money for their ads comes from.’

“R. Bruce Josten, the chamber’s executive vice president for government affairs, said in an interview Friday that the group ‘has never and will never’ use dues collected from overseas business councils, known as ‘AmChams,’ for U.S. political activities. He said the chamber is the victim of ‘a smear campaign’ orchestrated with the involvement of the White House.

“‘This is an outlandish act of desperation from people who are not able to run on their record,’ Josten said. ‘They have stooped to smear campaigns.'”

“But a closer examination shows that there is little evidence that what the chamber does in collecting overseas dues is improper or even unusual, according to both liberal and conservative election-law lawyers and campaign finance documents…

“Organizations from both ends of the political spectrum, from liberal ones like the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the Sierra Club to conservative groups like the National Rifle Association, have international affiliations and get money from foreign entities while at the same time pushing political causes in the United States.

“In addition, more than 160 political action committees active in campaigning have been set up by corporations that are based overseas, including military contractors like B.A.E. Systems and pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research service…

“Richard L. Hasen, an election-law specialist at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said there were legitimate questions about whether foreign money could be making its way into campaigns, particularly because many groups are not required to disclose their donors. But he added, ‘I’ve seen no proof of the chamber funneling a penny of foreign money into U.S. elections.'”

“Obama’s ‘foreign money’ claims are bogus. They’re also pretty rich, considering how his 2008 campaign handled foreign credit cards. From that National Journal story: ‘The lack of a computerized address-verification system would allow the Obama campaign’s computers to accept online donations from U.S. citizens above legal limits, and to accept donations from foreigners who are barred by law from contributing at all.’ Perhaps its time to remind people of that issue again. Oh, wait, I just did!


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Our Community Organizer in Chief is at war with our private sector. How clueless is that?

petefrt on October 10, 2010 at 7:59 AM

P.S. I am glad to see Sarah Palin rocking every place she goes. I knew she was the one to run and win after McCain threw the election, and imo, she is definately going for the Oval Office, and will have her work cut out undoing berri’s bolshevik bs.

tigerlily on October 9, 2010 at 10:47 PM

She won’t be alone, tigerlily. She will have you and I and tens of millions of our closest friends working with her.

Extrafishy on October 10, 2010 at 8:28 AM

hold on people you ALL just KNOW this is a scheme put in place by…………………….

RealMc on October 10, 2010 at 8:28 AM

You couldn’t get more Mom & Apple Pie than the Chamber. Rot’s of Ruck chasing that around, Barry.

JimK on October 10, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Obama is using Scare Tactics and not very good ones.

Dr Evil on October 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM

LOL … this poor fellow has sucked all the air from the comedians.

tarpon on October 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM

The Chamber of Commerce as an enemy of the state? Obama nuked the fridge here.

We should use this on every leftist you know. “So, what is the clear and present danger of the Chamber of Commerce?” Are the Lion’s Club next?

NaCly dog on October 10, 2010 at 9:02 AM

How many Africans & Indonesians contributed to BO’s campaign?
We’ll never know.
What we do know is that we have a Hypocrite-In-Chief.

itsnotaboutme on October 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM

When one of these faux scandals erupts from the lefty fever swamps, it’s interesting to see who is monitoring the likes of ThinkProgress, Center for American Progress, and MoveOn.org- in this case we have Al Franken and Øbummer himself. What a pair. It’s no wonder these fools can’t get the economy turned around, they’re too busy surfin the web.

2ipa on October 10, 2010 at 9:39 AM

If the left is going to invent scandals and make boogymen out of the right. Then a little creativity and outside the box thinking is required. Here is some free advice: Dont come out guns blazing with a scandal that you yourself are guilty of.

Koa on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM

How many untraceable donations to the O campaign in 2007-2008 came from Arab countries & Africa? Nation of Islam? Soros? Winfrey? Hamas?

Key West Reader on October 10, 2010 at 6:01 AM

Not just foreign, also illegal domestic money. I’m guessing that a few hundred thousand donations actually came from Nazi stooge George Soros, far in excess of the personal limit. Probably a boiler-room operation.

The problem here is that the FEC allows small donations (is it $50 or $100?) without recording and publishing the source. Bammie saw that loophole and pushed it into hundreds of millions. Alinsky -“learn your opponent’s rulebook and use it to beat him over the head with.”

slickwillie2001 on October 10, 2010 at 10:59 AM

And Soros (among others) are what, exactly? Chopped liver?

Wyznowski on October 10, 2010 at 12:10 PM

As much as I believe that demonizing political opponents unfairly is stupid and counterproductive, I am equally certain that our President is a demon. Or at least a liar and a nitwit.

OK, I’m sorry about the demon part…that was wrong…I’ll stick with Liar and Nitwit.

Jaibones on October 10, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Saw this subject discussed on ABC’s This Week this morning, and George Will didn’t even mention that the Obama camp disabled the address verification service for internet donations during the primaries and the GE. Epic fail once again, George. Why do I just know that regular Hot Air posters could do a much better job than pundits like Will when it comes to getting the facts out there? The defense for this charge of Obama’s should be vigorously put forth by Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce everywhere, show what a colossal liar Obama is.

oldoldbabs on October 10, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Pimp my Oval Office!

profitsbeard on October 10, 2010 at 2:15 PM

This is what pathological liars do, whatever their sins they always transfer it to the other person thus relieving themselves of any guilt.

I speak from experience after being married to one for 10 years.

concernedsenior on October 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Jailbones: i like the demon part. Just adds to the “liar and nitwit” description.

chai on October 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Be an interesting area to investigate with hearings (under oath). Including testimony back to the Clinton days. Call those FBI agents that took early retirement around the time of china-gate. This has a been an issue since the federal government started picking business “winners and losers” back in the 1950s with regulations that were not equal-for-all. Foreign companies and countries wanted their voices heard, and not all had our sensibilities. These money flows were all too visible to the U.S. intelligence agencies who used information provided by the banks to try to limit high-tech goods from flowing to the U.S.S.R.
Vice-President Gore stopped this data collection (ending so-called “economic espionage” in the mid-90s) as it was arguably not needed after the cold-war (but later would have proved invaluable in catching, if not preventing, the 9-11 actors and conspirators had we had that data – esp. because investigating financial transactions does not require language skills to be helpful to gumshoe detective work, similar to phone bills helping determine who called who called who, irrespective of what was said). And by the 1990s, the amount of foreign influence was (and still is) gian-ormous. (if we want to get rid of this, we need to get the government out of taxing and regulating business except in the most even-handed, uniform way – so no advantage can be gained from lobbying.. well, I can dream).
Someone in the conservative leadership should call for investigations today. And put people on notice about preserving email so we can see the discussion about why Mr. O’s team did not do -any- validation of a donation – but instead chose to wait for re-imbursement requests, a customer contesting a transaction (presuming they even reviewed their CC bill) and just have the campaign repay including the (large) penalty. I wonder how many other merchants have this behavior? Call FirstData as a witness, etc. It may have been someone brainstorming at a clearing house or a bank that suggested this behavior (not ever seen because of the penalties, but, in this case it would work to the candidates advantage).. Perhaps call Mr. O’s large donors who are executives at these places and review their email, etc.

aritai on October 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM

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