Dems’ Chamber of Commerce Attacks Aren’t Just Misguided And Dishonest; They Are Hypocritical Too

The Democrats hit the trifecta with their attack ad accusing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of using foreign money to fund campaign contributions.  First, as stated below, the ad is simply a bad idea, since it underscores teh anti-business nature of teh Obama Adminiatration in a year when people are desperate for business to improve.

Second, the ad is clearly false.  Michelle Malkin notes that even the NYT isn’t buying it:

The New York Times concluded on Friday that “there is little evidence that what the chamber does in collecting overseas dues is improper or even unusual, according to both liberal and conservative election-law lawyers and campaign finance documents. In fact, the controversy over the Chamber of Commerce financing may say more about the Washington spin cycle — where an Internet blog posting can be quickly picked up by like-minded groups and become political fodder for the president himself — than it does about the vagaries of campaign finance.”

Indeed, the WSJ reports that the Chamber collects the whopping sum of $300,000 in annual dues from foreign companies, which it places in its general fund as opposed to separate funds used for political activities.  True, money is fungible.  But apparently this is exactly how it is supposed to be done.

But the best comes last — staggering (but hardly surprising) hypocrisy. 

Again from the WSJ: “The outrage over the Chamber is especially amusing considering the role of foreigners in U.S. labor unions. According to the Center for Competitive Politics, close to half of the unions that are members of the AFL-CIO are international.” 

Somehow, I doubt that this will cause President Obama to feign outrage at the fact that unions “that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections.”

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm  Comments (1)  

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