Dems take in twice as much “foreign” money as Republicans

posted at 8:48 am on October 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Over the weekend, some Democrats began questioning the White House strategy of demonizing third-party groups for potentially using foreign-raised money in political messaging.  Now we know why.  Apparently, the shrieking over foreign influence was yet another case of projection:

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate criticizing GOP groups for allegedly funneling foreign money into campaign ads have seen their party raise more than $1 million from political action committees affiliated with foreign companies.

House and Senate Democrats have received approximately $1.02 million this cycle from such PACs, according to an analysis compiled for The Hill by the Center for Responsive Politics. House and Senate GOP leaders have taken almost $510,000 from PACs on the same list.

This isn’t illegal.  The money comes from American employees of the foreign corporations.  But the companies control the PACs, and their contributions to political parties and campaigns “is about as close as you can get” to foreign-based money flowing into campaigns, as the Center for Responsive Politics notes.

Those who got held out as examples by Democrats of potential agents of foreign influence aren’t shy about pointing out the obvious, either:

“Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court and his adversaries over the bogus charge of foreign money tainting elections – while leaders in his own party had taken more than a million dollars from the foreign cookie jar,” said Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads, the political group at the center of the controversy.

“The hypocrisy here is just stunning,” he said.

That’s not exactly news, either.

For those legitimately concerned over foreign influence on elections, the problem exists in this structure that allows companies outside the US to create and control PACs that can contribute to American political campaigns.  The fact that they raise the money from Americans does not negate the fact that the companies control the PACs and use the leverage for their own campaigning efforts.  In fact, this is worse than the hypothetical (which the White House and Democrats turned into an explicit allegation without any proof whatsoever) of American PACs controlled by American citizens raising funds overseas and using them in political campaigns.

Perhaps the White House didn’t want to focus on the real problem and decided to use a fake problem for misdirection.


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Much like “if a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear it?” If the democrats make unsupported false claims will the public hear it?

Not on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NYT,etc etc etc….

Tim Zank on October 18, 2010 at 8:52 AM

So BrokenBentAxleRod was lying all along!!

canopfor on October 18, 2010 at 8:52 AM

wow. on MorningJoe this a.m., you would think the Republicans got no money from any US Citizens. not one dime.

kelley in virginia on October 18, 2010 at 8:55 AM

“Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court and his adversaries over the bogus charge of foreign money tainting elections – while leaders in his own party had taken more than a million dollars from the foreign cookie jar,”

…and democrats have brought in more money from overseas then Republicans by about a million dollars also.

So don’t worry Obama….
Obama:

“Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time

….the “facts” and “argument” are winning the day and you have been exposed as a hypocritical political hack trying to distract the American people from your 2 years of failure.

Yes We Can!!!!

Baxter Greene on October 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Dems take in twice as much “foreign” money as Republicans.

And water is still wet. And bears still do what they gotta do in the woods.

coldwarrior on October 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

“Obviously this gives a huge advantage to Republicans, but this isn’t just a threat to the Democratic party. . . If someone can walk into a congressional office and say, ‘If you don’t vote my way, the insurance industry or Wall Street . . .If you don’t vote our way, we’re going to give Karl Rove [the conservative George W.Bush adviser] $10m and we’re going to blow you away in the next election’, what kind of impact is that going to have on our country?” said Mr Axelrod on CNN’s State of the Union.

Mr Gibbs, on NBC’s Meet the Press, urged the US Chamber of Commerce, a target of administration attacks on campaign finance, to “open up the books” and “show the American people” where the money was from.

VOTE, people.

tree hugging sister on October 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

WH Emails MSNBC Over Reporting Foreign Donations To Democrats

Brzezinski tells the audience, verbatim, what the White House emailed to her about the “campaign contributions thing”:

“It’s not their [Democrats'] entire message, it’s an attempt to shine a bright and unmistakable light on the fight that these corporate interests have an ability to participate anonymously in our democracy ultimately to the severe detriment of Americans,” she read.

“To the degree that it underscores what is an unholy alliance between Washington and the Republicans and these big corporate special interests, it’s an important voting issue for millions of Americans,” she finished.

Quisp on October 18, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Apparently, the shrieking over foreign influence was yet another case of projection:

Sigh. Is part of the Fascist-Democrats strategy to just overwhelm us with their sheer hypocrisy so that we get inured to it? IT seems like The Big Lie is their favorite tactic.

rbj on October 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM

What do you expect from the human trash party.

Bishop on October 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM

This comes from the campaign that turned off address verification for online donations. Apparently Democrats and Obama think either people forgot or that right of center media doesn’t exist.
Democrats are permently in la la land.

ORconservative on October 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Heres the AxleShaftRods Sunday Morning Interview,
on Face The Nation!!
====================

Axelrod: U.S. Chamber Of Commerce “A Threat To Our Democracy”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/10/10/axelrod_us_chamber_of_commerce_a_threat_to_our_democracy_.html

canopfor on October 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The Left in general, and the Democrats in particular, accuse pretty much anyone on our side of anything, they are telling us precisely what they themselves are in fact guilty of.

If you’re a gun owner and you learn that your liberal neighbor has been telling people they’re afraid you’re going to shoot them over some political disagreement, it means you should invest in bullet-resistant windows and start wearing a tactical vest to work every day.

Cylor on October 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM

“Obviously this gives a huge advantage to Republicans, but this isn’t just a threat to the Democratic party. . . If someone can walk into a congressional office and say, ‘If you don’t vote my way, the insurance industry or Wall Street . . .If you don’t vote our way, we’re going to give Karl Rove [the conservative George W.Bush adviser] $10m and we’re going to blow you away in the next election’, what kind of impact is that going to have on our country?” said Mr Axelrod on CNN’s State of the Union.

tree hugging sister on October 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

…said the liberal administration that broke it’s promise on campaign finance reform during their Presidential campaign:

June 20, 2008:

Today, Obama announced he was breaking his promise to hold his campaign to the finance reform measures that have been in place since Watergate.

This has been a long time coming, because the Obama team believes it is sitting on a goldmine, and that they will raise much more than the $84 million the treasury would have provided to fund his campaign.

…Of course they still have not disclosed where they got all of their money and made it clear that they were breaking their promise so that they could….well….in Gibbs words…..

……………“Obviously this gives a huge advantage to Republicans,democrats,..”

The democratic party is nothing more than a criminal organization.

Baxter Greene on October 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM

kelley in virginia on October 18, 2010 at 8:55 AM

yepper…i was surprised by mika’s admission

cmsinaz on October 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Is Doodad Pro foreign or American?

LASue on October 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM

George Soros is not an American citizen?! Who knew?

mjbrooks3 on October 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM

but then she got scolded with an email directly from the white house that she read on air…

cmsinaz on October 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM

There is no getting around the fact that Barack Obama and his Democrat Party really think the American people are complete fools.

They look at their supporters as hopeless, inept losers who would starve to death in a days time, without their unending help.

Non-supporters they look at as equally stupid, but also greedy and probably criminal, since we’re all “rich”.

Barack Obama continually says things that aren’t remotely true, yet he fully expects us to believe him.

Americans are not idiots, Barry and if you want to find a collection of morons, perhaps you need to look at your annual White House staff photo.

NoDonkey on October 18, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Quisp on October 18, 2010 at 9:03 AM

didn’t see this…apologies

cmsinaz on October 18, 2010 at 9:14 AM

if they wanted to shine a light they would have during the 08 campaign…

man they get my blood boiling with all this crap…

cmsinaz on October 18, 2010 at 9:15 AM

So,the Leftys are predictable,its another rush to judgement,
shoot’n da mouth off before having all the facts in,once
again!!!

canopfor on October 18, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Obama Pot calls Kettle Black.

Just too stupid a potus, angry that Americans aren’t so much the ignorant voters he believed.

All that controlled campaign air brushed hype about Obama’s manly sex appeal made this naked emperor’s exposure all the more repugnant.

Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi’s foreign Obama campaign contribution bell has rung. The $1million Democrat collection plate is pittance to what they’ve been raking in under the table this past decade from not simply foreign interests, but from those who threaten America.

maverick muse on October 18, 2010 at 9:16 AM

cmsinaz on October 18, 2010 at 9:15 AM

China owns the Clintons.

maverick muse on October 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM

ISSTFTGIGOIH!

Knott Buyinit on October 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM

China owns the Clintons.

maverick muse on October 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM

indeed

cmsinaz on October 18, 2010 at 9:20 AM

mjbrooks3 on October 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Distinctively not natural born, naturalized.

In 2010, Forbes lists Soros as the 35th richest person in the world, and the 14th richest U.S. citizen, with a net worth estimated at US$14.2 billion. Soros has given away $7 billion to various causes since 1979.

“Various causes” that all center on Soros’ power monopoly.

maverick muse on October 18, 2010 at 9:20 AM

When Al Franken wrote his book did he realize it was about his own party after all?

docflash on October 18, 2010 at 9:20 AM

CANDIDATE DONOR ROLL SEARCH

Barack Obama (D)
Contributions for President

All Individual Donors — Career Donor List

http://www.newsmeat.com/campaign_contributions_to_politicians/donor_list.php?candidate_id=P80003338

canopfor on October 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM

I am trying to be fair, do Republicans use tactics like these? I truly want to know if I have just had my partisan blinders on when it comes to the dirty trick games.

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Baxter Greene on October 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM

dear leader will do it all over again during the 12 campaign…transparency then? I think not

I will be surprised if he collects as much as he did during the 08 campaign with all the crap he has been spewing this year….

cmsinaz on October 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

$1 million from foreign sources for democrats.

Count it!

darwin on October 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

With all this concern about foreign money, you’d think the Democrats were running against Clinton in 1996! “Where’s the outrage” didn’t work for Dole, and back then it was a valid question.

Dale Wyckoff on October 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

“The hypocrisy here is just stunning,”

We are talking Obama and the Democrats here! What the hell did you expect?!!!

pilamaye on October 18, 2010 at 9:25 AM

It’s amazing to watch as the old school Democrats rely upon the old school media to promote and sell their lies.

Keemo on October 18, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Am I the only one who gets the impression the ordinary American citizen is not paying attention at all to these attacks? Hell, I follow politics daily and even I’m not paying much attention to them. Obama starts blathering about the CoC, and my immediate reaction is “Whatever…” and I tune him out.

Emily M. on October 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Am I the only one who gets the impression the ordinary American citizen is not paying attention at all to these attacks? Hell, I follow politics daily and even I’m not paying much attention to them. Obama starts blathering about the CoC, and my immediate reaction is “Whatever…” and I tune him out.

Emily M. on October 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM

People are worried about the economy. This stuff is just background noise that most people don’t really care about.

None of it resonates. But these smears are all they have left.

Asher on October 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Just wondering, didn’t the Dems promise to find and kill OBL like two years ago… Pounded Bush for not having his priorities fixed on OBL and all of that crap. Hell, these Progressive wipes seem only to be fixated on the complete take over of the American people; turning all Americans into peasant slaves that serve the government in order to get food and shelter.

Keemo on October 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM

OT: Islamic kids cartoons praised by Obama draw terse warning – These are not the type of heroes you want your children to have.
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=215861

These cartoons are supposed to be shown on The Hub, the old Discovery Kids channel starting in January, 2011. Just another islamaphobic thing…

sicoit on October 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Ugly street scuffle in Massachusetts where Obama campaigned for Deval Patrick. Union thugs along with police antagonize and threaten protesters.

So, I stood on the corner, and waited for Obama’s motorcade. His limo rolled right by me, and I could see him waving through the tinted windows at the adoring gathered crowd. I stood in my tri-corner hat with my middle finger thrust up in the air. It was quite gratifying to flick off the President to his face. After Obama had stopped disrupting traffic, I got on the T and came home.

Austin Hess, Uncommon Sense blog, “Because Common Sense just isn’t so common anymore”

maverick muse on October 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Yeah – Dims take twice as much foreign cash as the GOP …

WHO DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING?

I mean – it’s not like there’s a huge constituency of GOP loving Norwegians out there who are working overtime to raise funds for Rand Paul’s run at the Senate.

Of course the Dims take more foreign money. Foreigners are resentful of America’s exceptionalism and so are the Dimmocrits. Match made in heaven.

HondaV65 on October 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Dems take in twice as much “foreign” money as Republicans

“yeah….but….uh…We Won!”

BobMbx on October 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I am trying to be fair, do Republicans use tactics like these? I truly want to know if I have just had my partisan blinders on when it comes to the dirty trick games.

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Relative, it’s relative.
If the Republicans did this once or twice, it is relative.
That is how the left dignifies and justifies their actions.
They will point to something minor, like the “Chamber” and then open the flood gates on their side.

right2bright on October 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I guess Skippy thought it was ok to bash anonymous donors to nebulous PACs, since he cut out that middleman and took foreign donations directly by disabling the security features on his online donation setup so the cash flowed directly.

Reminding everyone about that blatant abuse three weeks before the mid-terms? That takes a special kind of political savvy. The short bus and protective helmet kind.

Sometimes I think his true objective is to absolutely destroy any chance at ‘progressives’ every coming to power again, even for dog catcher, just to get back at his mom, or something.

Wind Rider on October 18, 2010 at 10:24 AM

IMO, one of the most interesting results of the tea parties and other active citizens is that slowly but surely the “mask” is slipping from these hard-Left pundits, “journalists,” and the politicians that are currently running the Dem party.

visions on October 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

These Democrats are becoming so transparant, it has nothing to do with foreign money.

THEY WANT TO KNOW WHO THE DONORS ARE SO THEY CAN BOYCOTT AND SEND THEIR UNION THUGS AFTER THEM.

Look at Target, they only gave to a politcal group and got hammered (I shop at Target more now)when they come out with these accusations look for the hidden motive, or read Rules for Radicals and you can almost predict what is going to happen next.

NOVEMBER 2

concernedsenior on October 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

For those legitimately concerned over foreign influence on elections, the problem exists in this structure that allows companies outside the US to create and control PACs that can contribute to American political campaigns.

But the money comes from people in the US that back the message, so…?

Count to 10 on October 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Wait wait wait. So our President criticizes Republicans for getting money from foreign sources but it’s now proven that Democrats get twice as much. The ads practically write themselves with that guy. Just once I’d like him to prove me wrong. I’m getting so very tired of these “I told you so” moments when it comes to his inexperience and incompetence.

Yakko77 on October 18, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Look, many foreign-headquartered companies employ large numbers of Americans. Siemens and Toyota, for instance, have US payrolls in the range of 40,000-50,000. These firms have lots of government issues to deal with, and their US employees have the same rights in the political process as US employees of US-headquartered corporations. PACs aren’t perfect, but at least their contribution records are transparent and available to the public.

osogrande on October 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Funny thing is that in my browser right below the line “Perhaps the White House didn’t want to focus on the real problem” is a picture of Shwarzenegger endorsing Crist.

John Deaux on October 18, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Perhaps the White House didn’t want to focus on the real problem and decided to use a fake problem for misdirection.

They may use it as misdirection, but what if they actually believe it. These are the people that try to contrive the truth for themselves. They know it all, just ask ‘em. Truth is what they define it as–if they “feel” that dirty, rotten, foreign corporations are funding those dirty, rotten REpublican plans then so be it—it’s true, so they feel, nevermind the facts.

ted c on October 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Wait wait wait. So our President criticizes Republicans for getting money from foreign sources but it’s now proven that Democrats get twice as much. The ads practically write themselves with that guy. Just once I’d like him to prove me wrong. I’m getting so very tired of these “I told you so” moments when it comes to his inexperience and incompetence.
Yakko77 on October 18, 2010 at 10:42 AM

If I were writing the commercials, they would all start with the words “THE BIG LIE” in giant letters, and the associated quotes from Adolph Hitler. Lie audatiously and constantly; and whatever you have done, always accuse your enemies of doing more.

After a certain point this can no longer be explained solely by incompetence. Anyone can make a mistake; and any idiot can make a whole lot of mistakes; but when that’s the case, then the mistakes are RANDOM, not strategically designed in a ruthless and egregious pattern to consolodate power at all costs.

And the word “inexperience” most definitely does not apply. Obama has been doing precisely this same thing for his entire life. I’d go so far as to say this is the ONLY thing he is experienced at.

logis on October 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

All Individual Donors — Career Donor List

That’s the over 200 list.

The One’s campaign tried to make a big deal out of getting thousands of people to give him a few bucks here and there (all under $200, of course). It was just cover for the fact that he was taking in illegal contributions. If I recall our astute media called the surge of (non traceable) donations, from the masses of little people who wanted change, unprecedented.

reaganaut on October 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I have a question. If an illegal immigrant donates money to a political party, suppose the Democrats, is that “foreign money” or a “foreign contribution”?

Blaise on October 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Does anyone… anyone at all… question our country’s desperate need to get rid of these people?

RebeccaH on October 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

is that “foreign money” or a “foreign contribution”?

Undocumented contribution.

reaganaut on October 18, 2010 at 11:16 AM

In fact, this is worse than the hypothetical (which the White House and Democrats turned into an explicit allegation without any proof whatsoever) of American PACs controlled by American citizens raising funds overseas and using them in political campaigns.

I agree that his is hypocrisy (what do you expect in politics?), but I disagree that this form is worse. Americans raising money overseas seems to mean actual foreign influence — the more foreigners that give money, the more influence they have. Americans giving to a PAC that’s controlled by foreigners doesn’t really seem problematic, because the amount of influence is governed by how much Americans pay, and presumably the American donors know exactly what the money’s going toward even if it’s foreigners who are using the money.

tneloms on October 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

More projection by liberals, it’s just how they think.

Socratease on October 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Some Republican group need to respond hard to this, with a reminder of those phone banks in ‘palestine’ that were phoning in credit-card contributions to the Bamster. How about a reminder of all those donations where name and location check was turned off by the Bamster?
We need to remind people that foreign money elected this president.

slickwillie2001 on October 18, 2010 at 11:38 AM

logis on October 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Good point.

Normally when one displays destructive behavior like our President does one would assume it’s because he doesn’t know what he’s doing but given his lifelong political ideology I’m starting to see it as a deliberate methodology more and more.

Yakko77 on October 18, 2010 at 11:49 AM

They really are that stupid, to think their false bravado, and finger pointing work. I knew they were taking this money…but I didn’t know how much. Lies. It seems all they know how to do is lie. But the bigger insult is thinking we believe them.

Pity for the fools that did, and still do believe them.

capejasmine on October 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM

“To the degree that it underscores what is an unholy alliance between Washington and the Republicans and these big corporate special interests, it’s an important voting issue for millions of Americans,” she finished.

If you to reduce the impact of corporate money in politics, then get politics out of the operation of corporations. As long as the government decides who’s worthy of bailouts and who isn’t and who gets a waver from ObamaCare and who doesn’t, you’re going to have corporate money in elections and in greater and greater amounts.

PackerBronco on October 18, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Democrats lie about everything. Duh. I keep telling people that.

Merovign on October 18, 2010 at 3:51 PM