Say, didn’t Robert Gibbs once work for an outside group with shadowy donors?

posted at 1:56 pm on October 13, 2010 by Karl

From the Daily Caller’s Chris Moody:

The White House plans to continue attacking groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other conservative organizations for not disclosing the names of donors behind political ads. But during the 2004 Democratic primary campaign, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was involved with a political advocacy group that refused to reveal its own donors until the law required it.

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Under campaign finance law, the Chamber is not required to release the names of its donors. When pressed by reporters as to why groups not mandated by law should disclose their donors, Gibbs said they should do it in “the spirit of political disclosure.”

During the 2003-2004 presidential primary season, however, Gibbs worked as the spokesman for a liberal advocacy group that ran attack ads against then-Democratic candidate Howard Dean. The “secretive” group, called Americans for Jobs, Health Care & Progressive Values, spent months organizing scathing ads without disclosing who was paying for them.

Gibbsy’s pals are best remembered as the sweethearts who savaged Dean as someone who could not stand up to Osama bin Laden:

As Moody recounts, the ad was widely credited with crippling Dean’s campaign. If Barack Obama thinks these types of ads are “really hijacking our democracy,” what must he think of his current flack?

Obama almost certainly does not care about about the hypocrisy of putting Gibbs out there like a modern-day Capt. Renault. He cares much more about having something to discuss other than the dismal economy and his unpopular legislative record. And he cares about having yet more boogeymen to blame for his failures (even after the midterms). However, those boogeymen are about as mythical as the one used to scare kids, as The Hotline’s Josh Kraushaar explains:

Democrats have portrayed the influx of GOP outside money into the political process as sinister, raising the unsubstantiated specter of foreign influence into the political process. But money chases momentum — not the other way around. There’s a simple reason for all of the cash flooding against Democrats this year — voters are sending a clear message to Washington with their pocketbooks.

Money doesn’t get raised in a vacuum. If the political environment weren’t as poor as it is for Democrats, and if the House and Senate weren’t in play, there wouldn’t be as much interest in donating to outside groups like American Crossroads. In 2008, outside organizations with high-profile GOP connections such as Freedom’s Watch were unable to raise enough money to have an impact.

That’s all changed, thanks to the Obama administration’s aggressive first-term agenda, which has expanded the scope of government and alienated a large swath of the electorate, according to national polling. Wall Street, which closely split its donations between Republicans and Democrats in 2008, has now doled out most of its cash to Republican groups and candidates, out of concern about the administration’s regulatory policies. The Chamber of Commerce initially backed Obama on the stimulus. But now, outraged over White House policies on health care and climate change — and what it views as the administration’s anti-business rhetoric — the Chamber is focusing its efforts primarily on electing Republicans.

And while Republicans and their allies are winning support from the well-heeled, the untold story is the GOP’s small-donor base — not all that different from the one that allowed Obama to set fundraising records in his 2008 presidential campaign.

Obama compounded the Democrats’ woes in other ways. In 2008, the Obama campaign actively discouraged independent expenditures from liberal groups, because Obama wanted control over the campaign’s message. Pres. Obama and his claque, by demonizing Supreme Court decisions upholding free speech, further discouraged lefties from getting into the indie spending game this year. But it is the lousy economy and the Democrats’ unpopular agenda that best explain why shadowy leftist billionaire George Soros doesn’t want to be “standing in the way of an avalanche” this year.

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I’m just sitting here sipping on a Slurpee.

SlaveDog on October 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Everything that happens or comes to light is bad for the Dems.

It’s like the GOP, the Dems, and the general population are all shooting holes in the Dem boat.

Nothing helpful, everything hurtful.

I’m lovin’ it.

Akzed on October 13, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Hey! Don’t worry about that!

Did you see what Sarah Palin is wearing today?

/Democrats

Good Lt on October 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM

But it is the lousy economy and the Democrats’ unpopular agenda that best explain why shadowy leftist billionaire George Soros doesn’t want to be “standing in the way of an avalanche” this year.

Disclose as we say, not as we do….or something.

ted c on October 13, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I’m just sitting here sipping on a Slurpee.

SlaveDog on October 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM

ROFL!!!

I still hold to my firm belief, that Soros thinks he’s pulling a fast one. He’s still VERY much in the game. This is what he lives for.

capejasmine on October 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM

During the campaign, Obama and McCain both agreed to public funding of their campaigns. It was Obama who rejected public financing.

fourdeucer on October 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM

All these demands sound like thug tactics. “Show us your list. We won’t go after them or anything. Promise.”

SirGawain on October 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Alternate Headline: Say, Isn’t Gibbs a shameless hack?

JeffWeimer on October 13, 2010 at 2:13 PM

When someone gets Tides Foundation to release how donors have earmarked their donations, maybe then we will have something out of all of this.

Tides is *designed* to allow donations to “progressive” causes and hide the donor. A donor “earmarks” their donation for certain “causes”. Tides then bundles their donations with others who have also earmarked a portion of their donation and makes a lump sum donation. Tides shows donations from individuals but is not required to release how those donations were earmarked. The organizations show only a lump sum donation by Tides Foundation and not who earmarked funds for them.

The entire purpose for the existence of Tides was to allow people to donate anonymously to various “progressive” causes. It is “donation laundering” on a huge scale and it is how such organizations as “Code Pink” are funded to a large extent.

crosspatch on October 13, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I still hold to my firm belief, that Soros thinks he’s pulling a fast one. He’s still VERY much in the game. This is what he lives for.

capejasmine on October 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM

My sediments exactly.

When you consider that this is the change they have had on the drafting table for nearly one hundred years, it all seems just a tad to easy for one simple “red tsunami” to undo everything they have accomplished.

I hate to be the nattering nay bob of negativity here – but – this thing ain’t cracked up to be what we think it is.

oldfiveanddimer on October 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM

This entire ugly campaign gimmick is an attempt to circumvent the Citizens United SCOTUS decision. They lost the court case and it bothers them more than most of us will ever know. Obama’s arrogant and insulting eruption at the justices sitting in for the SOTU speech was a shot across their bow. Obama and the donkeys are on a holy jihad to silence corporations even thought eh SCOTUS says they can’t.

The “foreign influence” is simply the most recent and the most clumsy and transparent gambits to trample on free speech rights. It certainly won’t be the last.

MJBrutus on October 13, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Karl is on a roll today….thank you!

cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Question: I, for the first time, went to D.Koz today to read that Alan Grayson begfest. Is any kind of dissenting opinion allowed over there?

Lanceman on October 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Fourdeucer, he’ll do it again in 12 fer sure

cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 2:23 PM

It is “donation laundering” on a huge scale and it is how such organizations as “Code Pink” are funded to a large extent.

crosspatch on October 13, 2010 at 2:13 PM

And of course how much of it comes from overseas?
I cannot understand why any business would think it’s a good idea to donate to a party that is known for intruding in business affairs.
They may think they’re cutting a sweet deal for themselves that will somehow give them a competitive advantage (which it has) & perhaps give them some sort of immunity to govt intrusion (see large packer/slaughter house inspections vs small guy inspections: large companies are allowed to self monitor for contamination (i.e. E. coli), small guys buying contaminated product from the big guys get inspected by USDA). But eventually when they have squeezed out every small player this way, there will no one else for the govt to descend upon. And so the govt will start biting the hand that feeds it i.e. large banks.
So now these chumps are hurridly switching sides?
Get real.

Badger40 on October 13, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Hey! Don’t worry about that!

Did you see what Sarah Palin is wearing today?

/Democrats that O’Donnell’s a witch?

/RINO ruling class

Good Lt on October 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM

FIFY

fossten on October 13, 2010 at 2:28 PM

FIFY

fossten on October 13, 2010 at 2:28 PM

And look, there goes Anna Nicole Octo Ballon Boy

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MJBrutus on October 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Robert Gibbs is STILL working for an outside group with shadowy donors.

Kevin71 on October 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Question: I, for the first time, went to D.Koz today to read that Alan Grayson begfest. Is any kind of dissenting opinion allowed over there?

Lanceman on October 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I had some friends who went over, when their comments were getting to the extreme. About how to rid the country of Republicans, and conservatives. It was pretty scary stuff. Anyway…they decided to register and comment. They were both banned after one comment each, and neither comment was anything but asking, why they felt that way. *shrugs*

Not sure if they still do that, but I don’t think they allow to much conservative thought over there. I’ve actually never been to that site. After reading the comments on someones thread, on a local conservative site, I decided, that was not for me. No matter what.

capejasmine on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

capejasmine on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

The fact that these idiot tools can’t see the hypocracy, like Gibbsie, makes me want to vomit.

Lanceman on October 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Gibbs said they should do it in “the spirit of political disclosure.”

Says Gibbs in a spirit of political coercion.

Scrappy on October 13, 2010 at 3:32 PM

I still hold to my firm belief, that Soros thinks he’s pulling a fast one. He’s still VERY much in the game. This is what he lives for.

capejasmine on October 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Yep, I don’t believe him for a second. The Nazi stooge is only trying to divert attention from himself. He’s up to no good and I expect it’s an October surprise of some sort.

slickwillie2001 on October 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Obama and Palin have one thing in common – any race that they get involved in kicks off a money-bomb for the Republican.

drunyan8315 on October 13, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Still nothing more than ‘what can we talk about today instead of unemployment?’

WHY is the media NOT asking Gibbs about the status of Justice Department investigations?

Gibbs has to be forced to either raise Obama’s claims to a federal investigation, or to admit President Obama is simply LYING to the American people for political gain!

Freddy on October 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Great post.

P.S. Where are the JOBS??

TN Mom on October 13, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Gibbs is a disgusting, arrogant, petulant slob.

Other than that, he’s OK.

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Well,… … not really.

hillbillyjim on October 13, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Robert Gibbs is STILL working for an outside group with shadowy donors.

Kevin71 on October 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Damn, beat me to it.

Cylor on October 14, 2010 at 4:11 AM

DUH!

HotAirExpert on October 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM