New AFP ad: Say, remember when Obama demonized groups like us?

posted at 3:41 pm on February 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this a blast from the past, with a twist.  It wasn’t that long ago that Barack Obama and his supporters attacked Americans for Prosperity as a corporate front group, just a façade for the One Percenters that might not even be All-Americans, like Obama supporters.  In fact, AFP remembers those allegations pretty clearly — and recognizes the hypocrisy of Obama and his campaign, now that they’re transforming themselves into exactly what they claimed to oppose.

Alternate headline: We Hate Corporate Cash … When It’s Not Coming Our Way.

Today Americans for Prosperity, a nationwide organization of citizen leaders with over 2 million activists and 34 state chapters, released a new video poking fun at the president for his new non-profit, tax exempt group.

“Sadly most of us have gotten used to politicians saying one thing and doing the opposite – but sometimes even jaded cynics like myself encounter a level of hypocrisy so overt, it’s impossible to ignore. That moment happened this month when Team Obama reorganized as a 501-C4 called Organizing for Action.

“While I certainly don’t begrudge Obama for making use of such an organization and taking donations from whoever he wishes, the hypocrisy of doing so is jaw-dropping given the President practically made a part-time job out of bashing groups like Americans for Prosperity and others for… being organized as a 501-C4. The entire Left and many in the media got in on the action, even coining scary sounding monikers like ‘dark money’ to further the Obama rhetoric.

“The cognitive dissonance required to now fully embrace this structure gives me a headache just thinking about it. But then again, I’m a conservative and I like things to make sense.”

Josh Gerstein reported on the “murkiness” of OFA yesterday:

Because the new OFA is planning to be an “issue advocacy” organization, not a political one, the rules for government employees’ involvement in the group’s management, fundraising and activities are murky. The law regulating federal employees’ role in political fundraising, the Hatch Act, does not apply. And federal election law governing coordination among candidates, parties and outside groups doesn’t apply as long as OFA doesn’t get involved in elections (and possibly because Obama isn’t running for anything any more).

Some rules do apply to administration officials’ involvement with the new group: ethics regulations that limit the use of public office for private gain, including fundraising for non-profit groups, like charities and the new OFA. (The president and vice president aren’t covered by the rules, but all other White House employees are.)

“Government ethics regulations make it very clear: In an official capacity, you may not endorse any private organization,” said Richard Painter, an ethics counsel in President George W. Bush’s White House. “You can give an official speech at a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts, but you can’t endorse the Boy Scouts or ask for money in your official capacity. … That goes down to the point of people trying to auction off a lunch in the White House mess for their preschool. You can’t auction off access to government property.”

“Any fundraising at all by any government officials would be an unacceptable conflict of interest. … You’re getting really close to soliciting a bribe,” Painter said.

The Obama White House directed questions on how it would handle these questions to OFA, which did not respond to several requests for comment for this story.

Not everyone’s buying the hands-off, apolitical spin, either:

This is unprecedented as far as I know,” said Democracy 21’s Fred Wertheimer, a longtime advocate of tighter campaign finance laws. “It’s directly tied to the president and they have said the president could raise money for it. … It’s a vehicle for people looking to buy influence to provide direct financial benefits to support the president’s interests.”

“It has all the earmarks of an institutionalized disaster,” Wertheimer said. “They ought to shut this down and they ought to shut it down quickly because, regardless of what their intentions were or are, this is nothing but trouble and will be extremely damaging to the administration and to the president over time.”

“The notion that Obama would be involved with OFA’s fundraising is very troubling and amounts largely to a retreat from the position President Obama has taken throughout the entirety of his public life. … to reduce the influence of money in politics,” said Paul Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center.

“Unless the group discloses in the same way disclosure is required of super PACs for purposes of federal election-related activity, it would not only be hypocritical of the president, it would be damaging,” said Rick Hasen, a professor of election law at the University of California-Irvine.

Remember when Obama pretended to care about all of those issues?  AFP certainly does.

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“We’re Democrats! Rules and healthy need for common sense don’t apply to us.”

-The Left

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Laws (and morals) are for little people.

nobar on February 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Goebbels orgasms, again, in his grave.

His wildest propagandist dreams and imaginations are surpassed by the Obama machine, daily.

The fools cheer.

ALL who brung/kept Obama, may he destroy you and yours, utterly. YOU deserve NO less.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Gitmo is still open, yes?

Lefties, please explain.

Bishop on February 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Laws (and morals) are for little people.

nobar on February 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Now, now…The big shots have morals.**

(**subject to change without prior notice as needs of the moment dictate…your mileage may vary)

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

If it were not for double standards they would have no standards at all.

Grunt on February 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

To recognize hypocrisy, one must have an ethical standard to base it upon.

The Libs have no ethics.

They see no hypocrisy in Obama doing this.

portlandon on February 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

We have 4 more years of this.I say that within the next year we will know what our uniforms are going to look like.

docflash on February 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

If it were not for double standards they would have no standards at all.

Grunt on February 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Gloom, despair, and agony on them! LOL

Anyone old enough to recall the old TV show Hee Haw knows where I just went.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

These ads are way too mild. Like “Leave it to Beaver” mild in the reality show era.

rrpjr on February 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Obama has “ethics”? Who knew?

GarandFan on February 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

We should be puting out such ads 24-7 instead of only during election time.

Hard Right on February 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

“Unless the group discloses in the same way disclosure is required of super PACs for purposes of federal election-related activity, it would not only be hypocritical of the president, it would be damaging,” said Rick Hasen, a professor of election law at the University of California-Irvine.

Hahahahahahahaha.

Which media Obama cheerleading outlet is going to criticize him for this? So far, most of them are taking the “wow, cool, nobody has tried THIS before!” attitude, just like they did during the campaign. Never occurs to them that there’s a good reason why this stuff hasn’t been tried before.

Plus, a good deal of the media Obama cheerleaders have bought the White House line that Fox News and Talk Radio Are So Powerful With Their Reichwing Propaganda that poor widdle Barack really really needs OFA to rescue him and provide some “balance.” As long as this attitude prevails, we can forget Obama being called out for any of this.

rockmom on February 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Ah, the hyenas!

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

a retreat from the position President Obama has taken throughout the entirety of his public life … to reduce the influence of money in politics,”

LOL! Like in his pre-2008 nomination days, when the ever-so-principled-and-noble Obama was insisting that all presidential candidates should accept public financing, and sanctimoniously demanding that the Republican nominee pledge to accept public financing, right? Except then Obama realized in 2008 that he could bring in a lot more money than McCain, and so Barry quietly (and quickly) jettisoned his “principled” stand against the influence of “excessive” money (i.e., money not going to Obama) in politics. Or perhaps this guy is making a reference to the way Obama spent the first term of his presidency, fighting tooth and nail to “reduce the influence of money in politics” by attending a record number of big-money fundraisers, and boasting about the huge sums of money he’d raised for his re-election campaign?

Obama is, as he has always been, a liar and fraud when it comes to money in politics — just as he is on every other issue.

AZCoyote on February 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Plus, a good deal of the media Obama cheerleaders have bought the White House line that Fox News and Talk Radio Are So Powerful With Their Reichwing Propaganda that poor widdle Barack really really needs OFA to rescue him and provide some “balance.” As long as this attitude prevails, we can forget Obama being called out for any of this.

rockmom on February 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

But, at the same time, those self-same liberals say Fox and talk radio are an insignificant minority not worthy of attention.

Go figure.

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Being a liberal means never having to say “That goes against my principles.”

Lily on February 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Being a liberal means never having to say “That goes against my principles.”

Lily on February 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Correction please.

Being a liberal means always having to say, “I know better than you.”

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

“Unless the group discloses in the same way disclosure is required of super PACs for purposes of federal election-related activity, it would not only be hypocritical of the president, it would be damaging,” said Rick Hasen, a professor of election law at the University of California-Irvine.

Sadly, this is not the case. There is no issue nor instance under which the President and ‘the left’ would be viewed as hypocritical nor damaging, so long as the press is on their knees, ‘journalistically’ licking his private parts 24/7.

Midas on February 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Who is going to stop him? He’s gotten away with everything.

lea on February 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Who is going to stop him? He’s gotten away with everything.

lea on February 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

That is the question of our time. No man, woman or institution has shown the mettle to step up to it.

rrpjr on February 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Who is going to stop him? He’s gotten away with everything.

lea on February 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Foul people are always their own destruction. The rest of us just have to wait.

It took Israel 15 years to get Eichmann, and it took us 10 years to nail bin Laden.

I don’t know if you have religion (and I’m not asking), but the best thing God tells me when I growl at sight of injustice is when I trust to wait on Him.

Just an idea, if you please. ~S~

Liam on February 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

ALL who brung/kept Obama, may he destroy you and yours, utterly. YOU deserve NO less.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

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Said ~ that out loud to a few ‘use to be just regular dems’ Obamazombies… This leftist all consuming Gov will eat the willing as a snack and never look back.
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RalphyBoy on February 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

the press is on their knees, ‘journalistically’ licking his private parts 24/7.

Midas on February 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

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heh

RalphyBoy on February 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

…what are principiles?

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Ah yes, just what we need — another shady shakedown operation.

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM