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FEC Complaint Filed Against Group That Ran Ayers Ad

By Matthew Mosk
A leading campaign finance reform advocate has filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service against the group that launched the first television ad linking Barack Obama to William Ayers.

The complaint by Fred Wertheimer of the group Democracy 21 alleges that the American Issues Project initiated a Swift Boat-style attack in violation of McCain-Feingold restrictions.

AIP is a nonprofit formed under section 501c4 of the tax code but has been acting like a federal political committee, and therefore is "subject to the federal contribution limits," the complaint says. AIP received more than $2 million from a single contributor, Texas billionaire Harold Simmons. But under the law, the complaint says, the group should not have been allowed to receive more than $5,000 per year from an individual donor.

"This is a totally spurious complaint," said Cleta Mitchell, AIP's attorney. "We are well aware of the requirements of the law and are in complete compliance with those requirements."

Mitchell disputes the notion that the major purpose of the group has been to derail the election of Obama -- an assertion that, if true, would put AIP in violation of federal tax law.

"The majority of AIP's program expenditures are for nonpolitical activities, including grass-roots organizing, lobbying and issue education in support of AIP's purposes," Mitchell said.

The complaint also goes after a second group, the American Leadership Project, which was formed to help Sen. Hillary Clinton during the waning days of the primaries, when her campaign was running low on cash.

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I agree that a presidency under Obama will really put our country in real danger and our economy will be worse than it is now. If America don't wake up soon, it will be too late.

Posted by: mzha | October 12, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

We are all so far down the garden path that very few are even aware of where we departed from the right path. I try hard to be an independent, even if I did once supply steam to the catapults that launched aircraft off of ENTERPRISE in the Vietnam War.

First, going way back in the current administration, there is an assumption (due to a lack of rebuttal) that George Bush erred in invading Iraq. The truth is that he managed through self-sacrificing leadership to make sure once and for all that Saddam had no nuclear weapons, either then or by now.

He did this without revealing any US secret information and without encouraging other countries to go down the same path to acquire nuclear weapons. Iran's nuclear program will also have to be defeated.

Note that this was a preemptive move into Iraq, so finding nuclear weapons in Iraq would have been the real failure. Saddam proclaimed to his dying day that he would have resumed his nuclear program, given the chance. He was already close enough.

In any case, with 42 years of nuclear related experience, I was myself anxious for us to finally get into Iraq and make darn sure about all that. So, the entire assumption that the President messed that up is erroneous, but what would I know relative to the polarized trash talk that seems to overwhelm knowledge, insight and reason in this country. I as an expert have to listen to people who don't have a clue.

So, to the extent that it means anything, my community crowd is encouraged to support and endorse President Bush and, hopefully, future President John McCain. The job is not yet done "my friends."

If you think the economy is bad now, just contemplate what it will look like after the first improvised nuclear device detonates in DC and we have to evacuate everything up to Philadelphia or even New York City due to radiological contamination. That is after the nominal loss of about 60,000 - 100,000 people, if compared with WW2 and the deaths in Japan.

We indeed need a better path than electing someone like Obama to run the US military at this critical juncture in history! It is absolutely stunning how we manage to choose the least experienced of all the candidates. Obama will likely win the election, which will significantly increase the risk that we will lose even more in the economy and in all other important matters.

Posted by: technidigm | October 12, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer Links Obama’s Berlin Speech To Hitler’s Nazi Rallies...

On June 2008, Special Report, host Brit Hume asked the “All-Star Panel” for “help” in determining whether or not Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) got “a bounce” in the polls as a result of his recent trip to the Middle East and Europe.

Referring to Obama’s Berlin speech that was reportedly in front of more than 200,000 people, neo-conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said he did not get a bounce because apparently, Americans don’t like it when politicians emulate Adolf Hitler at a Nazi rally:

HUME: Panel, help. Did [Obama] get a bounce from the trip or not? […]

KRAUTHAMMER: I’m not sure — I don’t think he got a bounce. I’m not sure it was his intention. You don’t get a bounce out of standing in front of 200,000 Germans at a rally who are chanting your name. Bad vibes sometimes, historically. are a slimeball....

Some other members of the panel chuckled at Krauthammer’s distasteful analogy. But unfortunately, he isn’t the first right-wing media figure to link Obama to Hitler and the Nazis.

Referring to Obama’s decision to deliver his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at Denver’s Invesco Field, Ben Stein proclaimed: “Seventy-five-thousand people at an outdoor sports palace, well, that’s something the Fuehrer would have done.”

Last February, National Review contributing editor Jonah Goldberg said, “You know, when Barack Obama campaigns, he’s basically saying, ‘I’m a silver bullet. I’m going to solve all your problems just by electing me.’ FDR, Hitler, all these guys, they basically said, ‘All your problems can be solved.’”

...I guess McCaint and peeeuuu Palin are watching more of Triumph of the Will a propagandistic documentary film by the German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl....
...and taking notes

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 10, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama True Hypocrat and Liar

Hides his previous connections with Ayers

Disowns Pastor when not needed any more(who know he can disown country too)

Can speak ( as today) but cannot vote against torture

Supporter but not follower of election reforms( words speak louder than action as is always case with Obama)

Supports Hope, Freedom but votes for Spy agencies tapping our Phone

cannot accept Surge Worked , he might be in bad position

Biden a Fool
He thinks Obama is not fit when he runs for president otherwise he is Fit

Obama is naive,has unknown family history

inexperienced like bush was in his first term.

His economic policies will ruin small business,

His health care plan will be a costly affair,

His tax plans would scare investors to other parts of world.

He speaks of alternative energy, opposed to drilling natural gas and building nuclear energy

We consume things at low price because Big corporations get tax cuts their spendign on innovations

If Big companies are taxed heavily , there will lose of jobs , loss of technical edge, higher priced commodities,higher cost of living

Mccain is attacking Root of problem mortegage Obama only wants to attach republicans he has no solid plan.

Obams lack of effectiveness showed up when he responded for russian attach on Georgia and opposition to surge

Mccain all years of experience brings balance and judgement to postion which wasnt there in Bush and Obama due to their in experience,Palen brings freshness of change and executive experience of reforms that she carried in alaska

Posted by: mrn744 | October 10, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Dow down 470 points.

You are witnessing with your own eyes the slow motion impoverishment of America.


Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

This is what you get from these kinds of adverts:

Racist McCain Supporters.

This Ayers issue is a red herring. It gives closet bigots a reason to hate Barack that is about race.

Check out what his campaign supports say:

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 10, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse


WaPo reporters should spend some time on the periphery of these rallies, in the hours before the scheduled event.

They might discern that some of the most vociferous rabble-rousers hang together in packs, don't quite look like your "average Joe," and appear to be part of an orchestrated "street theater" -- not necessarily a reflection of spontaneous crowd enthusiasm. Examine closely their attire, and the electronics they are carrying.

Could they be the "stromtroopers" in a troubling offensive?


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 10, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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