NBC: Just a reminder that Democrat shrieking over “front groups” completely hypocritical

posted at 4:30 pm on October 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The big problem for Democrats, says Michael Isikoff, is that they’re just less competent at it.  But is that true?  Andrea Mitchell and Jeanne Cummings report that fundraising in the aggregate for Democrats exceeds that of the Republicans, and that they have more cash on hand now, too.

I guess we have an answer to the age-old question: If a liberal meme dies in a forest, will the media report it?  Yes:

While President Obama and other Democrats have excoriated Republican “front groups” for using secret money to pay for attack ads, the party’s political committees have begun doing something similar: collecting cash from outside nonprofit groups that don’t disclose their contributors and using the money to pay for negative campaign commercials, campaign records show.

One group, Patriot Majority PAC — a Democratic political committee that has run a hard-hitting $1.7 million attack ad campaign against Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for Harry Reid’s Senate seat in Nevada — has gotten one of its largest donations, $250,000, from a left-leaning nonprofit that doesn’t release the names of any of its contributors, the records show.

Another newly formed political committee, America’s Families First Action Fund, which is running negative commercials against Republicans in House races across the country, recently got $1 million from a closely related nonprofit affiliate, the records show. Both organizations were set up over the summer by Democratic strategists, who emphasized in a memo to donors that contributions to the nonprofit could be kept anonymous.

These operations illustrate how Democrats have belatedly tried to mimic some of the same GOP money-raising tactics they have sharply criticized, exploiting a controversial Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that allows unlimited contribution to political committees from corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals. These donations can be kept concealed from the public if made to outside nonprofits, which can either run campaign ads directly or — as the Democratic groups are doing — make contributions to other political committees that run ads on their own.

“Belatedly”?  Well, only if you don’t count the labor unions, I suppose, which flooded the zone in this election for Democrats as they did in 2008, 2006, 2004, and so on.  The same practices that Democrats decried in this cycle were used by them in previous elections.  Robert Gibbs helped run one of them in the 2004 election, targeting Howard Dean in the Democratic presidential primary, before serving as the chief mouthpiece at the White House attacking the practice in 2010.

What they tried to so was mimic the GOP’s success this cycle in doing so.  And, according to Mitchell and Cummings, they succeeded:

“[W]e overlooked the fact that Democratic majorities have been building up war chests for the last year and a half.” They overlooked that fact, huh?


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What the hell were all those phony donations to Obama in 2008?

Blake on October 31, 2010 at 4:37 PM

And what about that asian family in the SF area that were all labors but donated a gazillion dollars to obammy?

Blake on October 31, 2010 at 4:38 PM

If a liberal meme dies on MSNBC, will anyone see it?

Terrie on October 31, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Andrea Mitchell looks like Iggy Pop in drag.

Caper29 on October 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

This just in:
The Tea Party is a collection of concerned U.S. citizens trying to unfairly influence elections.

esnap on October 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Ed, isn’t there a typo in next to last sentence?

“What they tried to so was mimic the GOP’s success this cycle in doing so”

Fred 2 on October 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Did I just see Schleprock being interview by Andria M?

esnap on October 31, 2010 at 4:46 PM

This just in:
The Tea Party is a collection of concerned U.S. citizens trying to unfairly influence elections.

esnap on October 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I prefer to have naturalized felons pumping truckloads of money into the election.

CWforFreedom on October 31, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Notice that they reported it on the Sunday before the election, rather than three weeks ago when the Dems were spinning this so hard.

And notice that they still didn’t give us straight up reporting and still tried to spin it to the left.

Chris of Rights on October 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Be sure to overlook the big wave going over your liberal heads.

Rovin on October 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Ever since Andrea Mitchell darkened the city of Grand Rapids during Sarah Palins book tour I won’t watch.
Patriot Majority PAC and
America’s Families First Action Fund would never register as Democratic PACs by their titles. These scumbags even have to shroud their PAC names in coercion.

fourdeucer on October 31, 2010 at 4:53 PM

“WE’RE THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, AREN’T WE?”

Mutnodjmet on October 31, 2010 at 4:56 PM

What’s this? Mitchell and Cummings are shocked and amazed at secret money and huge outlays of campaign cash by a self-financed candidate when unions have been pouring money to the Dems for decades? The faux efforts of objectivity between those two shills are a source of laughter.

BTW Does Cummings have a thyroid problem, or is that wide-eyed look supposed to convey sincerity?

onlineanalyst on October 31, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Andrea Mitchell looks like Iggy Pop in drag.

I’m going to charge you for a new laptop as mine is now covered with Swickmith.

xkaydet65 on October 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM

those corrupt bastards

Joe Miller campaign responds to the response of the media:

From the Miller Campaign:

Now the media has gone from trying to create stories to openly lying. The audio was pulled directly from the voicemail message. Nothing was altered. “Everything that was recorded on my phone is what we released without change,” said Randy Desoto.

unseen on October 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM

If I wanted to watch MSNBC I would. Why Ed is giving the enemy a forum here I have no idea.

echosyst on October 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM

The media has reached an interesting point. First, they are completely about to go out of business. Second, they finally are feeling the real heat of that reality. Third, they play the same liberal games, they do get that they will be ousted promptly via the public.

We’re done with them.

They are now going to try to appear fair-minded.

I think that’s a lie, but they are sure willing to try.

AnninCA on October 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Whatever Democrats are crying about now is what they plan to get caught doing next time around.

The Mega Independent on October 31, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Well, they are in the “We reported on it…” mode to try and save some credibility. Won`t work!

bluemarlin on October 31, 2010 at 5:25 PM

NBC: Just a reminder that Democrat shrieking over “front groups” completely hypocritical
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Liberal Shrieking Scream Whining Theme for the Next
3 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scorpions – The Zoo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofSlpgdYJB4

canopfor on October 31, 2010 at 5:29 PM

So,if I hear correctly,the Liberal party have more political
cash on hand,and yet,Team Right have no clue if any of the Democrat booty is foreign cash flowing in!!!

And,it also appears,on more political cash flow,that the lib
erals have,its safe to assume,they are more Filthier,Dirtier
and more Rottener Rich!

And,its good to see Andrea Dori keeping that Perception/Dec
eption Campaign alive and well concerning this questionable and suspicious where is Team Rights cash coming from!!

And,I notice team Lying Left is building all kinds of fancy
excuses lists as to why they might lose on Tuesday,and are
getting those talk’n points all Fired Up,Ready To Go!!!!!!

canopfor on October 31, 2010 at 5:43 PM

If you want to know what the left is up to, all you have to do is look at what they accusing everyone else of.

Pablo on October 31, 2010 at 5:45 PM

I’m going to charge you for a new laptop as mine is now covered with Swickmith.

xkaydet65 on October 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Just how many Smithwick’s are we talking about here? :-P

Pablo on October 31, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Discover the networks.
The left has been doing this for fifty years, probably longer. Look at NPR donors.

Skandia Recluse on October 31, 2010 at 5:57 PM

If I wanted to watch MSNBC I would. Why Ed is giving the enemy a forum here I have no idea.

echosyst on October 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Because they are making a good observation. If you want to fight a war against the media by boycotting msnbc, you can do that on your own blog.

RINO in Name Only on October 31, 2010 at 5:58 PM

It’s called “projection” Democrats have been using it for decades.

scotash on October 31, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Andrea Mitchell looks like Iggy Pop in drag.

Caper29 on October 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Please don’t insult Iggy like that!

Del Dolemonte on October 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Has Obama been selling the Lincoln bedroom a la Bill Clinton?

itsnotaboutme on October 31, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Andwea has had so many facelifts that her eyes have been pulled to the side of her head and she is starting to look like a fish.

slickwillie2001 on October 31, 2010 at 6:25 PM

“[W]e overlooked the fact that Democratic majorities have been building up war chests for the last year and a half.”

How CONVENIENT. Just like you ‘overlooked’ Barry’s past history of accomplishing NOTHING.

GarandFan on October 31, 2010 at 6:32 PM

The media has reached an interesting point. First, they are completely about to go out of business. Second, they finally are feeling the real heat of that reality. Third, they play the same liberal games, they do get that they will be ousted promptly via the public.

We’re done with them.

They are now going to try to appear fair-minded.

I think that’s a lie, but they are sure willing to try.

AnninCA on October 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

-
Asking for a stop to negative campaigning, and having that mean that it should include even direct criticism of policy positions was a goofy little trap. The people who jeered at Meg should be tested for any living brain cells before they are allowed to vote.
-
Policy positions, and especially a record of voting for policy should be the 90% top most part of any politicians campaign… Pro themselves, and con to their opponent. What a lame a** call from the bought and paid for lefty ref.

RalphyBoy on October 31, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Liberals moaning over negative campaigning,its not even a
conversation starter!

The Left use,fear,Lying,spinning,proxies,and I’m gonna stop
at this point,because its into infinity!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 31, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Re Brownie/Whitman, if both candidates agreed to end ‘negative’ ads, that would leave only the liberal old media to go negative on Meg. Advantage -democratics.

slickwillie2001 on October 31, 2010 at 6:50 PM

BAH!!!!

ladyingray on October 31, 2010 at 7:01 PM

AnninCA on October 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Okay, who are you, and what have you done with Annie? ;)

CPT. Charles on October 31, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Why is NBC reporting this? It’s factual.

So what does 160 million dollars buys you in the Golden State? Maybe nothing.

Mojave Mark on October 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Andrea Mitchell looks like Iggy Pop in drag.

Caper29 on October 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I’ve seen Iggy and I am sure that he is insulted!!

Khun Joe on October 31, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Will someone please explain to me why the liberal MSM crys the blues about lobbyists and big corp contributions, and when Meg Whitman throws in $160 million of her own money, it’s also evil?

I know, I know.

On a related subject, the Politico reporter is more prescient than one woul dthink. I have been volunteering the past month for Meg and Carly as well as Van Tran (CA-47) and Starr Parker (CA-37) and in all of the local precincts we are calling for Meg and Carly as well. Not saying this is unusual but there have been volunteers as far away as Lake Arrowhead coming down to Long Beach to canvas for Starr and Meg and Carly. The Vietnamese (and Hispanics too) have been hitting the bricks and the phones for Van Tran and Meg and Carly.

I cannot come to bring myself to criticize someone spending hunnerts o’ millyunz of their own stash when they want to run a zoned-out, ex-druggie, has-been hippie former governor out of town and torch the aspirations of a shrivelled up 18-year dumber-than-dirt liberal puss-bag senator.

I pray for Meg and Carly to win and for those two Dem has-beens to end up in an old Dems’ rest home, drooling in the afternoon sun, gumming their zwiebach, and chugging their Ovaltine.

The War Planner on October 31, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Until Andrea Mitchell tracks down Doodad Pro and does a full expose, I won’t care what she thinks about campaign finance.

LASue on October 31, 2010 at 8:10 PM

If you want to know what the left is up to, all you have to do is look at what they accusing everyone else of.

Pablo on October 31, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Yep, masters of projection! It is amazing how often this happens! Have they no self awareness?

petunia on October 31, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Andrea Mitchell – Live – Leaning Forward.

Um, no thanks. I’ll take your word on that one, Ed.

MNHawk on November 1, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Remember doodad pro, Obowma’s donor in 2008?

The media are scum who do EVERYTHING to help elect democrats with false reports, creating false narratives-see Joe Wilson story in Alaska, October surprises to supressing the vote.

dthorny on November 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM