Obama campaign files FEC complaint to force American Crossroads to disclose its donors

posted at 9:21 am on June 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Translation: A President’s critics should be entirely transparent, but not a President or his campaign.  The New York Times reported last night that the Obama campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission to force independent group American Crossroads to disclose all its donors (via Instapundit):

The lawyer for President Obama demanded on Tuesday that Crossroads GPS disclose its donors, saying in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that the group is plainly a “political committee” subject to federal reporting requirements.

In the complaint, obtained by The New York Times, Robert F. Bauer, the campaign’s chief counsel, writes that the group — founded by Karl Rove, among others — can no longer shield the identity of its donors by defining itself as a “social welfare” organization.

Bauer also sent a letter to Karl Rove and AC president Steven Law demanding disclosure immediately.  But guess what was missing?

Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for Crossroads, questioned Mr. Bauer’s motivation, saying that the president’s lawyers only seem to take issue with groups that benefit Republicans. He noted that Mr. Obama’s campaign has embraced Priorities USA Action, a Democratic group.

“They send cabinet members to raise money for Priorities,” Mr. Collegio said. “Issue ads are apparently evil — unless they’re run by liberal groups, in which case Obama thinks they’re O.K.”

Mr. Collegio said that unless Mr. Obama’s campaign sends a similar letter to Priorities, people “will clearly see this for the dog and pony show that it is.”

Why not just give the Obama campaign the list of donors?  It’s not as if they’ll launch a campaign of intimidation against individuals who put their money into opposing this administration.  Obama’s allies won’t demonize them for their political activism, right? Because that never happens.

If Obama wants transparency, he had nearly four years to reform the campaign-finance system to deliver on that promise.  It’s easy.  Remove contribution limits to candidates, require 48-hour disclosure of all campaign contributions, and revoke tax-exempt status for all political action organizations.  That would funnel the money to the candidates themselves, who are held accountable for their messaging by the voters in the election, and eliminates almost all of the nonsensical interventions and categorizations of cash by the FEC.  At the very least, Obama could have set the example first by forcing disclosure on his own side before siccing the lawyers on his critics.  He’s not interested in transparency … only in intimidation.


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President CryBaby.

Electrongod on June 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Tell Barry Soetoro to go pound sand.

Robert Jensen on June 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

If Obama wants transparency, he had nearly four years to reform the campaign-finance system to deliver on that promise.

Obviously a raaaacist comment, inferring laziness.

dirtseller on June 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

He’s not interested in transparency … only in intimidation.

Yes. My president is a bully who uses various federal agencies to silence his critics, a la Nixon. And I really, really wish more prominent Republicans would take up this issue and shout it from the rooftops. People do not like bullies. Paint Barack as the bully that he is, that he has always been since he was a young schoolboy, and he’ll have no supporters left except other far-left extremist bullies.

Rational Thought on June 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Obama campaign files FEC complaint to force American Crossroads to disclose its donors

…So they can publicize their addresses & harass them at their homes * follow their kids to school & sic the IRS on them & boycott their businesses.

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The * should be an &
:)

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Gee, that article kind of made Team Obama sound like a bunch of thugs. Certainly not the kind of people we want in the White House.

BettyRuth on June 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Its like he just looks at his little bracelet WWND (What Would NIxon Do) and then makes a decision.

onomo on June 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Excellent tag line

You first buddy

Mr thin skin strikes again

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Obama campaign files FEC complaint to force American Crossroads to disclose its donors

…so he can bring all the other branches of government down on them!

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

…So they can publicize their addresses & harass them at their homes * follow their kids to school & sic the IRS on them & boycott their businesses.

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

…you covered it for me!

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Obama campaign files FEC complaint to force American Crossroads to disclose its donors

…so he can bring all the other branches of government down on them!

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

And to declare all of the American Crossroads donors to be racists.

Dasher on June 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Sounds like it’s time for a merry game of “We’ll Show You Our Donors When You Show Us Yours!” And since B.O. is POTUS, he has the honor of going first.

pilamaye on June 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

If Obama wants transparency, he had nearly four years to reform the campaign-finance system to deliver on that promise.

Yeah, well, people in hell want ice-water.

Flora Duh on June 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Its like he just looks at his little bracelet WWND (What Would NIxon Do) and then makes a decision.

onomo on June 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Except he considers himself more akin to Christ returned than Richard Nixon. If he were to wear one of those little bracelets it would be WWID.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

FUBO and the unicorn he rode in on.

Naturally Curly on June 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

How about if Karl Rove says he will turn over the documents Obama wants to see as soon as Eric Holder turns over all the documents Rep. Issa wants to see.

AZCoyote on June 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Bloomberg has a new poll out that shows Obama ahead of Romney by a whopping 53-40 margin!

gumbyandpokey on June 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Crossroads should pursue all of bo’s records- college,law school and all passport history. This is bo’s game of opening up everybody else’s records but never his own. Also crossroads should publicize bo and mo’s financial history on their condo and declined card for a rental car at dem convention in 2000. They are just frauds playing a con, a “sting”.

tim c on June 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Lol Flora

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Can our opposition representatives to this puke of a president forever dispense with the “he’s a likeable guy, but…” crap and say it like it is?

I was reading here later last night and saw the comments about BOR going ballistic. They didn’t show his later rerun that I was trying to catch to see what the brouhaha was about. Mediaite had his opening monologue on and he cut straight to the chase and said Obama is going full socialist and got reduced to being a bystander at the G20 conference. Reckon FOX pull his rerun for that?

DanMan on June 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

What Cheney said!

ConcealedKerry on June 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Well, Well, Well looks like we have a baby who can’t take it, but loves to give it. Barak Hussien Obama can’t have the truth come out about his lackluster presidency. It would prove that the emperor has no clothes. Well Barak why didn’t you think of that when you were living it up on Wagu Beef and the FFA was downing lobster by the pound. Wah, Wah, Wah, call the Wambulance.

mkm19602000 on June 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Tell Barry Soetoro to go pound sand.

Robert Jensen on June 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Okay, Barry Soetoro, go pound sand. My “give a $hit” meter broke a long time ago when it comes to this president and the thugs in his administration.

Turtle317 on June 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Here, let me show you my look of total shock and surprise 0_0

Mr. Arrogant on June 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Reckon FOX pull his rerun for that?

DanMan on June 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1697612687001/

This?

VegasRick on June 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

1. Desperation
2. Distraction

How’s that economy thingy Urkel?

fogw on June 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Remove contribution limits to candidates, require 48-hour disclosure of all campaign contributions, and revoke tax-exempt status for all political action organizations. That would funnel the money to the candidates themselves, who are held accountable for their messaging by the voters in the election, and eliminates almost all of the nonsensical interventions and categorizations of cash by the FEC.

Ditto.

It has come full circle. It is fair, liberal elites live in the 1% world and can bank roll their favorite candidate, and we can know who they are…it just won’t be a tax deductible contribution to a non profit.

The liberal world mis uses non profit organizations, (even those that are not specifically political organizations) calling services they provide for outrageous fees “helpful” “charitable” “educational” and paying no taxes on them. They pay huge sums to the non profit CEO/themselves and hire their friends and family.

I think that my exterminator that kills the termites for me is a saint and ought to be non profit because he “helps” people…

Fleuries on June 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Yet another example of Team Zero’s total disregard for the law of the land.

steebo77 on June 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Uh-oh.

Holder asks Obama for executive privilege regarding withholding Fast and Furious documents.

fogw on June 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I’m sure Rove and company are ready for whatever Obama throws at them. It’s not like they don’t know they’re dealing with the most duplicitous administration of all times.

bflat879 on June 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

And then what Obama? Should we set up camps and send all of the donors there?

milcus on June 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Fogw.
Dear leader will give it to him natch

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

This is why I love, have always loved, and will continue to love Karl Rove.

GOPRanknFile on June 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

How about this: We’ll give you our donors when you provide us all the names of all the foreign donors who contributed and are contributing to your election/re-election campaigns. In other words, GFY, Mr. President.

totherightofthem on June 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

When do the Stazi start “knocking” on doors? TFHP can pound a lot of things straight up the canal, sand would be a good start, coils of barbed wire next.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Dear leader did it…..it wont stop the vote

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The audacity of dopes. There are only 138 days left until the sweeeeet satisfaction of flushing these idiots down the toilet of history.

Southernblogger on June 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Uh-oh.

Holder asks Obama for executive privilege regarding withholding Fast and Furious documents.

fogw on June 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

DO IT! If anything would demonstrate just how big the cover-up it would be the illegal use of executive privilege. Court proceedings where Holder has to explain why he can hide documents from Congress would be even better than contempt charges.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

… and Media Matter for America is a non-partisan organization as required for their 501(c)(3) status.

J_Crater on June 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

cmsinaz,

Mafia Boss has back of Mafia Captain.

fogw on June 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

@DarrellIssa #FastAndFurious Contempt starting soon at http://t.co/3XfUts68 TUNE IN

Flora Duh on June 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

At the very least, Obama could have set the example first by forcing disclosure on his own side before siccing the lawyers on his critics. He’s not interested in transparency … only in intimidation.

Nailed it!

And The Chosen One is obviously feeling the pinch in campaign contributions.

GarandFan on June 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Yepper fogw

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Did Doodad Pro and the other 2008 Obama donors from the Internet have any comment on this?

teke184 on June 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Uh-oh.

Holder asks Obama for executive privilege regarding withholding Fast and Furious documents.

fogw on June 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Maybe that’s how we can get Barry Ochooma & the White House gang to keep our state secrets: get executive privilege for national security items

Using the reverse, we can get Dem donors revealed by declaring them, “Top Secret”.

Laura in Maryland on June 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The audacity of dopes. There are only 138 days left until the sweeeeet satisfaction of flushing these idiots down the toilet of history.

Southernblogger on June 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

138 days until the election. 214 days until inaguration. I point this out because a defeated jug-eared Kenyan and/or Dem controlled Senate is a dangerous time. Expect all sorts of pardons, legalization of all the pet causes, and outright looting of the nation for radical institutions and organizations.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Obama invokes executive privilege over documents pertaining to F&F.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Lsm giddy that dear leader exerted executive privilege

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

What is this, Chicago?

HoosierStateofMind on June 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Burn the papers and nuke the hard drives if it looks like he’ll succeed, Crossroads. Do NOT let him get away with this.

MelonCollie on June 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Chitcago

MNHawk on June 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I point this out because a defeated jug-eared Kenyan and/or Dem controlled Senate is a dangerous time. Expect all sorts of pardons, legalization of all the pet causes, and outright looting of the nation for radical institutions and organizations.

Pardons and lootings? Yes.

Legalization? Only via executive order, as they only control the Senate and not the House too. Even then, a lot of the things they’d want to legalize are state crimes rather than federal ones.

Funny business in the Senate? You bet your azz. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ginsburg and Breyer retired and the Senate tried to cram through two loony left replacements. That’s where a filibuster comes in handy… a REAL “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” filibuster, not the “vote for cloture” version.

teke184 on June 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

It’s the Chicago way.

sadatoni on June 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

He’s back to disqualifying Jeri Ryan’s husband to get elected? Executive privilege my hind end.

Mini-14 on June 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

And the Demsperation grows.

stukinIL4now on June 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

And now executive privilege to protect Holder or himself? This looks really desperate but do the repubs have the smarts to dig deep?

tim c on June 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

President OBully is getting more desperate by the day which makes him more dangerous.

GeorgieGirl9 on June 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Desperate and pathetic. They’re longing to say “See?!?!?!?!!11!! It’s been the Koch Brothers all along!!!!!11!!!”

KS Rex on June 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Depressing but true.

Southernblogger on June 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Can Barry reject all contributions from:
abcdefg
123 Main
Anywhere, NY 11111

and similar contributors? These folks were big contributors in ’08 using purchased cash cards.

Can Obama close his donation portal that allows donations from overseas and maybe donate them to Social Security.

He’s not interested in transparency … only in intimidation.

KenInIL on June 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Desperate and pathetic. They’re longing to say “See?!?!?!?!!11!! It’s been the Koch Brothers all along!!!!!11!!!”

KS Rex on June 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

And so what if it was? When Team 0bama unplugs their big mouths from George Soros’ nipple, then we can talk.

CurtZHP on June 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

And now executive privilege to protect Holder or himself? This looks really desperate but do the repubs have the smarts to dig deep?

tim c on June 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I think Issa has already connected most of the dots in question.

At the least, they should know that Holder (AG), Napolitano (DHS), Hillary (State), and a few other cabinet offices are involved, as well as the White House knowing about it via the staffers who have subsequently been put “on assignment” in Iraq.

It’s a question of how to do the “gotcha” to get them red-handed.

teke184 on June 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Kid: walmart, toy section, didn’t get toy, spinning in circles on floor, screaming, parents looking lost. This is the next four months and four years people. A grown man behaving just like a spoiled, manipulative, punk, dictator, child is a pathetic thing to witness. Only in his own mind is he so great. Only in the mind of a true pathological liar does this type of reality spring. Where are the men in the administration (and they can wear dresses as well) who tell him no. Are they cuckold? Are we? Sure looks like it, smells like it, walks like it. Behold America, you are cuckold to the POTUS and his circus of clowns. Thank you so much. And don’t let the credit be lost with our Senators and Congressmen either. They are just as liable.

Molonlabe2004 on June 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Why don’t they claim to be a media watchdog like media Matters?

ramrants on June 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

FUBO and the unicorn he rode in on.

Naturally Curly on June 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Hahahaha! ^^^This.

PatriotGal2257 on June 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

If Rove is the man he says he is, he will fight this. Whether the info is required by law or not; he should release the info first. Then hold a presser and publicize this. Lets see if Rove can defend what is his, unlike his non defense of his most important client.

democratsarefools on June 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Little Barry is in over his head because I guarantee Karl Rove isn’t intimidated by this penny ante thug tactics.

Dark Star on June 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Obama wants the donor lists NOT for reasons of integrity but to bully, harass, and sic the IRS on them.

Pure Chicago thuggery.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

If Rove is the man he says he is, he will fight this. Whether the info is required by law or not; he should release the info first. Then hold a presser and publicize this. Lets see if Rove can defend what is his, unlike his non defense of his most important client.

democratsarefools on June 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Rove should absolutely refuse to release anything but a document with ALL names blacked out.

Soetoro is claiming “executive priviledge” to hide his complicity to COMMIT MURDERS, and he certainly doesn’t have ANY right to the donor list of a PRIVATE GROUP who committed nothing exceot the “crime” of free speech.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

You know, four years ago when I sat in my car and cried because this idiot had been elected I thought oh Lord, my poor country….I had no idea. This guy is EVIL.

neyney on June 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

You know, four years ago when I sat in my car and cried because this idiot had been elected I thought oh Lord, my poor country….I had no idea. This guy is EVIL.

neyney on June 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

From now on Obama is to be referred to a “Thug In Chief”.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Weakling.

He was more than happy to take millions from the DooDad Pro dynasty. Now his people are whining about SuperPACs.

CorporatePiggy on June 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

“If Obama wants transparency….”

My God, you people! If the Obama administration isn’t perfectly transparent – well, obvious, at least – what is?

PersonFromPorlock on June 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Harassment for thee but not for me.

Liberals are always about creating a double standard in their favor.

Speakup on June 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours. You first!

Old Country Boy on June 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Let’s hope the FEC puts this on the same kind of schedule as the investigations of Sheila Jackson-Lee, Charlie Rangel, and John Conyers. That would mean a decision by 2018.

slickwillie2001 on June 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I like this – it just means the Koch brothers have upped their contributions up another $100M.

Nothing is so fun as to watch a group who thought themselves superior and worthy of running everyone’s life via the DC machine demostrate to all the land that they are really the present day incarnation of the keystone cops.

Keep bringing it big O – you really will put California in play at this rate.

Zomcon JEM on June 20, 2012 at 4:22 PM