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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Is it too simplistic of me to think that you should back up accusations with facts?

Here in California there's been a new Democratic ad running on TV that basically accuses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of using foreign funds to secretly back Republican congressional candidates. The following two comments are actually said in the ads:

"It appears they're even taking secret foreign money to influence our elections,"

"It's incredible, Republicans benefiting from secret foreign money."

To me this ad seems to echo President Obama's comments last week:

"Just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for these ad regularly takes in money from foreign corporations. So groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections. And they won’t tell you where the money for the ads come from."

White House adviser, David Axelrod, appeared on CBS "Face the Nation" and was questioned by correspondent Bob Schieffe regarding these allegations. Scheiffe asserted that when the New York Times investigated the foreign financial contributions to the US Chamber of Commerce, they found the amount of money to be a nominal part of their entire operating expenses for campaign ads. When Scheiffe asked Axelrod if he could offer any evidence to demonstrate that these contributions are significant, Axelrod responded:

"Well, do you have any evidence that it's not, Bob?"

Is it just me, or is it irresponsible journalism to be making these type of insinuations without collaborating evidence to back them up?

Chamber officials have been reported as stating that, out of the chamber's $200 million annual budget, it receives $100,000 from American business interests abroad. It is reported that the money from American interests abroad is used to help finance the chamber's international programs; that none of this money is used for U.S. political activities.

The senior chamber vice president, Tom Collamore, said in a written statement that the Democratic charges show the party trying to change the subject and said the ad is "ridiculous and false."

Collamore also said: "The U.S. Chamber will continue to support candidates from both political parties who support a pro-jobs, pro-growth agenda".

Have you seen these ads? If so, what's your take on them?


David-FireAndGrace said...

I did see them. I am tired of negative campaign ads. We have a gubernatorial election on top of the Congressional seats, and the rhetoric is ridiculous.

If this country was so darned worried about foreign cash affecting the outcome of elections, how come China an Japan are our biggest debtors? Trust me, when they decide to collect, they won't need and election to make things happen.

It is beyond false, it is downright stupid.

RCUBEs said...

Just so tired of promises and all these negative things when they should be putting their words into actions and truly help the many who are in dire need. It's a sad thing and even sadder when many believe any false allegations. Blessings.

May said...

I just wish these persons would stop all the non-sense and deliver the promises they have made.

photogr said...

If you think about it, Where did a huge portion of Obama's campaign funds come from? Not naming any names but much of it came from a country in Europe.

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