Thursday, October 14, 2010

Democratic National Committe Releases Slanderous Ad Against the US Chamber of Commerce

The Democratic National Committee's latest ad that they will be running this week tries to tie the Bush Administration via "Bush Cronies" Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie to completely unsubstantiated and seemingly DNC-created allegations of wrong-doing by the United States Chamber of Commerce.

The DNC ad claims that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, "appears they're even taking secret foreign money to influence our elections".  This falsification of the truth is a message that the Democrats and other progressive groups have kept promulgating despite the fact that even the New York Times investigated and debunked this un-substantiated allegation last Saturday.

One finds this ad distressing because of the complete lack of even trying to be factually accurate.  For instance, the primary purpose of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is to represent the small businesses which create nearly three quarters of our nation's jobs.  It is a coalition for the support of these small businesses and not for giant corporations that constitutes its primary mission.  It certainly was not created with the purpose of being a partisan political action committee, but rather to help the interest of those small businesses in our country.

Further, I find it ironic that this ad is making the false claim of influence from foreign donor sources, despite the fact that to this date President Obama has not made public some of the unknown sources of his campaign contributions that are potentially suspect of the very allegation of which the DNC is making towards the Chamber of Commerce.  And this is done despite the fact that he is legally bound to do so by federal election campaign law. 

Again this would suggest to me that the Democrats are at the height of desperation.  They have completely lost in the arena of ideas and governance.  Their platform has been soundly rejected by a strong majority of conservatives and independents and they seemingly are headed for a thrashing in the voting booth in less than three weeks.  With such being the case, it would seem that such desperate times call for desperate measures for the Democrats, and the truth be damned if it stands in their way.


Dave Splash said...

It's not slander when it's true, Paine.

The Chamber is using foreign money to fund US elections. That is 100% illegal, no matter how you slice it. It is not the opinion of the Democratic Party, it is a fact that has been proven.

T. Paine said...

Dave, even that vaunted conservative paper, The New York Times, investigated this, as did ABC News, and found no evidence to support that claim. It is absolutely false.

I'd be curious from what objective source you base your opinion on this topic. Perhaps the morning DNC talking points email? :)

Dave Dubya said...

It is the fact that the COC will not disclose where the political activism money comes from that makes them look guilty. They are dominated by multinational petroleum and pharmaceutical giants and are a partisan Republican lobby. They are not a mom and pop outfit.

All good reasons to not trust them.

T. Paine said...

Dubya, that is absolutely and unequivocally false, sir. The US Chamber of Commerce is comprised with 98% of its members being small American businesses with less than 100 employees. 70% of its member businesses have less than 20 employees.

Further, any donations from multinational companies have their monies held in a separate CoC fund which is not used for domestic US ads or campaigns.

Again, this was all debunked by the less-than-conservative-GOP-friendly New York Times last week.

You are buying into false allegations and slanderous comments made by the left in order to try and create any issue that might gain traction to distract voters from the horrible situation that the progressives have placed us in with their policies, sir.

Dave Dubya said...

Even if your percentages are accurate, that still does not reflect the balance of influence. That would be like saying 98% of non-wealthy Americans are more influential than the top one percent economic elite in politics. Sorry. Money talks, and Big Money talks loudest. That is the truth, sir.

Which Times article are you referring to? The one from Oct. 11 that says, "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which does not identify its corporate members, spent $10 million over the last week on advertisements, mostly against Democrats, records show."

The CoC is a corporate Republican lobby that does not represent the majority of Americans. That is also the truth, sir.

News flash. The horrible situation you refer to was not a result of progressives, but by Bush/Cheney Republicans and their spineless corporatist Democrat appeasers. Remember who ran our country into the ground for eight years with record debt and deficit. Remember Cheney saying, "Reagan proved deficits don't matter". I certainly do.

The only remotely "progressive" legislation during the Bush debacle was the Medicare "reform". But that turned into yet another unfunded boondoggle hallmark of Bushism.

If you cannot acknowledge the fact that people claiming to be conservative are largely responsible for our national debt, you are sadly impaired.

You're too intellegent to be sounding like a Limbaugh fanatic scapegoating liberals for everything. I am sure you know that is just not true. You are entitled to disagree with liberal ideals and policies, but don't try to say liberals were empowered enough to have control over anything the past decades. It's just not true. Republicans and corporatist Dems have done the damage.

T. Paine said...

Dubya, I made a mistake. The NY Times article was from Friday instead of Saturday.

From that article, "White House officials acknowledged Friday that they had no specific evidence to indicate that the chamber had used money from foreign entities to finance political attack ads.

'The president was not suggesting any illegality,' Bob Bauer, the White House counsel, said."

Further, I absolutely agree with you, Dubya, about the GOP and the Bush administration being hugely responsible for the out of control deficit spending... initially.

Unfortunately the Democrats in congress and President Obama seem to think that the solution to this mess is to raise that deficit spending by several orders of magnitude.

And the Dems were indeed in charge in the last part of the Bush administration too and were hardly powerless accordingly.

free0352 said...

I find it hilarious because our own Presient's salary is paid by China, our government is in debt to that country for trillions of dollars. What hipocrasy!