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    Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's



    increasingly i am of the opinion that if you were to study the lefts' attacks, whether it's Europe's attempts to accuse the US of being racist and imperialist or this latest gem of a chamber of commerce 'controversy' a hefty percentage of them would turn out to be nothing more than simple projection.

    ah, sweet irony.


    In the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, Democrats have assailed Republicans for taking money from outside interest groups they allege are funded by secret, foreign donors. However, the Democratic Party is taking its own large share of financing from groups backed by foreign companies, according to a new analysis.

    Democrats this election cycle have received about $1.02 million from political action committees affiliated with foreign companies, according to The Hill and the Center for Responsive Politics....

    The Democrats' charges were based on a report from a liberal blog, which said that the Chamber solicits foreign funding for its general account, which it uses to fund campaign advertising. Outside groups like the Chamber have financed campaign advertisements benefiting Republicans over Democrats by a margin of almost nine-to-one in recent weeks. The Chamber has vehemently denied, however, that any of its financing for campaign ads comes from foreign entities.

    Democrats have tried to emphasize that, while they have no proof that these groups are using foreign money for their political activities, the point is that their political donors are kept secret.

    "The overarching issue here is that we don't know where these entities are raising money," Doug Thornell, a spokesman for Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told the Hill. "It could be money from foreign corporation, big oil or companies that want to outsource U.S. jobs."

    Nevertheless, American Crossroads hit back at Democrats for the apparent hypocrisy of their ads accusing conservative of taking foreign money.

    "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," Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads, told the Hill.

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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    But that's OK, because they are not using the foreign money to subvert the election process like the GOP is... right?

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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    Just a couple of things:

    The donations do not violate any campaign finance rules.

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    These donations, however, are made public through filings with the Federal Election Commission. Democrats, by contrast have accused organizations like the Karl Rove-affiliated American Crossroads and the business lobbying group the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of "taking secret foreign money to influence our elections."

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    Democrats have tried to emphasize that, while they have no proof that these groups are using foreign money for their political activities, the point is that their political donors are kept secret.

    Democrats Took $1M from Foreign-Affiliated PACs, Report Shows - Political Hotsheet - CBS News


    If democrats say republican are taking funds for a foreign government or nation, they must provide evidence. If, however, there point is the money is secret, something that is factually correct, they should emphasize that point and not that there are foreign contributions.
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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    according to The Hill and the Center for Responsive Politics. ...
    Let me fill out those ellipses for ya:

    The contributions come from U.S. employees of subsidiaries of foreign companies, such as pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline and aerospace contractor BAE Systems. The donations do not violate any campaign finance rules.


    "This is not foreign money per-se, but these PACs are certainly populated by people who work for foreign companies," Dave Levinthal of the Center for Responsive Politics told the Hill.


    These donations, however, are made public through filings with the Federal Election Commission. Democrats, by contrast have accused organizations like the Karl Rove-affiliated American Crossroads and the business lobbying group the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of "taking secret foreign money to influence our elections."


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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    I personally think it should be illegal for foreign nationals to contribute to our elections, along with groups that have a significant amount of foreign ownership, such as publicly traded companies.

    Both parties are wrong on this issue.

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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I personally think it should be illegal for foreign nationals to contribute to our elections, along with groups that have a significant amount of foreign ownership, such as publicly traded companies.

    Both parties are wrong on this issue.
    Read the article.


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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Read the article.
    Yeah, its a bit of a gray area there.

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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    This story will mark the end of the main stream liberal media's interest in campaign financing...

    So move along people... nothing to see here.

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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    This story will mark the end of the main stream liberal media's interest in campaign financing...

    So move along people... nothing to see here.
    So why did they cover it in the first place?

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    Re: Democrats took $1M from Foriegn-Affiliated PAC's

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    So why did they cover it in the first place?
    Please post those video clips from the CBS evening news, NBC nightly news, and ABC world news tonight of their coverage please.

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