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Ad of the day: Dems lob ad grenade at U.S. Chamber

Democrats are going after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with one of the more hard-hitting ads this election cycle.

The ad, posted to YouTube on Friday, is called "Stealing Democracy." It claims that "Bush cronies" Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie are, alongside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, "stealing our democracy." The claim is paired with video of a woman being mugged in a poorly-lit parking garage.

The ad goes on to claim that the Chamber, which is referred to as "shills for big business," is teaming up with Rove and Gillespie to spend "millions from secret donors to elect Republicans to do their bidding in Congress" and that "it appears they even take in secret foreign money to influence our elections."

Pay close attention the phrasing of that last claim. The use of "it appears" is key. The ad doesn't claim outright that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is financing its significant ad buys nationwide with foreign cash. There's no sourcing text at the bottom of the screen, which is usually a big clue that there's little-to-no proof behind the claim. Then the ad goes a step further, using hyperbole to further cement the unsubstantiated claim: "It's incredible, Republicans benefiting from secret foreign money. Tell the Bush crowd and the Chamber of Commerce, stop stealing our Democracy."

The ad takes what President Obama and other White House officials have been saying on the campaign trail a step further. As the Post's Dan Eggen and Scott Wilson report, the president takes advantage of the fact that the Chamber and other third party groups are not required to disclose their donors.

"You don't know," Obama said at the rally for Senate candidate Joe Sestak and other Democrats. "It could be the oil industry. It could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don't know because they don't have to disclose."

The Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik compared the DNC's tactic to that of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's unsubstantiated claims of communist activity in the State Department in the 1950's. And Mediaite's Glynnis MacNicol wrote that "one might describe [the ad] as being almost Rovian."

The Chamber of Commerce has adamantly denied that its activities are financed by foreign money. Time's Mark Halperin reports the Chamber senior vice president of Communications and Strategy Tom Collamore's response to the DNC's ad:

"The DNC is going to exhaust itself trying so hard to change the political conversation. Its ad attacking the U.S. Chamber is a blatant attempt to avoid a serious discussion of Americans' top priority--creating jobs and growing the economy. The ad is ridiculous and false.
"The U.S. Chamber will continue to support candidates from both political parties who support a pro-jobs, pro-growth agenda. We've been strong advocates for economic growth, jobs, and opportunity for 100 years and we won't be deterred now."

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove, in an appearance on Fox News Sunday, called the accusations against the Chamber "baseless" and a "desperate political ploy."

In other campaign ad news:

- Our colleagues over at The Fix report that West Virginia Governor and Senate candidate Joe Manchin (D) is out with a new ad that touts the endorsement he received from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and shows him firing a shot (yes, a live round) into the cap-and-trade bill. The ad comes in the aftermath of the Republican party's "hicky"-gate. Read the full analysis of the ad over at The Fix.

- President Obama has narrated a radio ad on behalf of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D). The radio ad is posted on YouTube with video of Obama and Quinn, taking the radio ad to the next level.

- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has released 29 (yes, 29) new ads attacking House Democrats. The ads feature familiar themes such as tying Democratic candidates to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, addressing voters' fears that congressional spending is "out of control," and contending that attack ads released by Democrats are "slinging mud." The ads are diverse in their production, however.

- A new ad from MoveOn.org goes after Illinois Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk, claiming that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which supports Kirk is (you guessed it) receiving foreign donations. The ad is a continuation of a theme and attempts to taint Kirk by association. Kirk is also being attacked by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for claims Kirk made regarding his military service and job record. The Chicago Tribune reports that Kirk has apologized for embellishing his military record. (h/t Greg Sargent's The Plum Line and Lynn Sweet)

By Emi Kolawole  | October 11, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Ad Watch  
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Comments

the Chamber is guilty of hiring illegal aliens that steal jobs from American citizens,or at least,looking the other way when companies hire them.

Posted by: julcubdish | October 13, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

the Chamber is guilty of hiring illegal aliens that steal jobs from American citizens,or at least,looking the other way when companies hire them.

Posted by: julcubdish | October 13, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

They Chamber was accused....so I think Obama and his cronies need to produce evidence Chamber to open its books...otherwise it is just govt bullying

Posted by: Matthew617 | October 12, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

They Chamber was accused....so I think Obama and his cronies need to produce evidence Chamber to open its books...otherwise it is just govt bullying

Posted by: Matthew617 | October 12, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Unless and until the Chamber discloses the foreign sources of money and where it goes we can safely assume the negative ad campaign against Democratic candidates is funded by foreign powers.

Posted by: Observer001 | October 12, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

PROVE IT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!

Posted by: beenthere3 | October 12, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEEDS TO OPEN THE BOOKS!

WHY NOT?

PROVE THEY ARE RIGHT!

THEY WILL NOT DO IT!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Posted by: beenthere3 | October 12, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Why all the multiple posts? It doesn't make your crap any more believable if you say it over and over again.

Posted by: thrh | October 12, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The FACT that Obama has taken massive foreign contributions is PROVEN the evidence exists!

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/obamas_donor_contributions_sil.html

The bigger issue here is that Obama and the Democrat's attacks on business in this country is a LOSING issue for the Dems and this country as a whole.

The average voter wants strong business in this country, we want business to participate in the political process. The average voter is an owner, an employee and a consumer of business. Each day as you buy you get a "vote" to determine if a business is successful.

Obama want to intimidate business into silence. Their view is that only Unions, non-profits, and government should have a voice in the political process. Mr. President what country do you think we live in?

Posted by: ELF2 | October 12, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy here is jaw-dropping. As the Chinese finance our Federal government with purchases of hundreds of billions of dollars in Treasury bonds, is that not just a teensy-weensy bit more serious an issue than foreign financing of advertising?

Posted by: tmkelley | October 12, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The average voter wants strong business in this country, we want business to participate in the political process. The average voter is an owner, an employee and a consumer of business. Each day as you buy you get a "vote" to determine if a business is successful.

Obama want to intimidate business into silence. Their view is that only Unions, non-profits, and government should have a voice in the political process. Mr. President what country do you think we live in?

Posted by: ELF2 | October 12, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The FACT that Obama has taken massive foreign contributions is PROVEN the evidence exists!

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/obamas_donor_contributions_sil.html

The bigger issue here is that Obama and the Democrat's attacks on business in this country is a LOSING issue for the Dems and this country as a whole.

The average voter wants strong business in this country, we want business to participate in the political process. The average voter is an owner, an employee and a consumer of business. Each day as you buy you get a "vote" to determine if a business is successful.

Obama want to intimidate business into silence. Their view is that only Unions, non-profits, and government should have a voice in the political process. Mr. President what country do you think we live in?

Posted by: ELF2 | October 12, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy here is jaw-dropping. As the Chinese finance our Federal government with purchases of hundreds of billions of dollars in Treasury bonds, is that not just a teensy-weensy bit more serious an issue than foreign financing of advertising?

Posted by: tmkelley | October 12, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Thy hypocrisy here is jaw-dropping. As the Chinese finance our Federal government with purchases of hundreds of billions of dollars in Treasury bonds, is that not just a teensy-weensy bit more serious an issue than foreign financing of advertising?

Posted by: tmkelley | October 12, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

How about the recent reports in the WSJ, a real news paper, that DEMS are using Million of dollars via prepaid credit cards that can't be checked!!!! And you thought Soros and other lefties were sitting this one out!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | October 12, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Answer to question of Soros funding this ad:

"George Soros, the billionaire who helped fund Democrats in the last three election cycles, is sitting this one out, the New York Times reports.

Said Soros: "I made an exception getting involved in 2004. And since I didn't succeed in 2004, I remained engaged in 2006 and 2008. But I'm basically not a party man. I'd just been forced into that situation by what I considered the excesses of the Bush administration."

Though he's concerned about the prospect of Republican control of Congress, he said: "I think they are pushing the wrong policies, but I'm not in a position to stop it. I don't believe in standing in the way of an avalanche."

Posted by: bobzaguy | October 12, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Answer to question of Soros funding this ad:

"George Soros, the billionaire who helped fund Democrats in the last three election cycles, is sitting this one out, the New York Times reports.

Said Soros: "I made an exception getting involved in 2004. And since I didn't succeed in 2004, I remained engaged in 2006 and 2008. But I'm basically not a party man. I'd just been forced into that situation by what I considered the excesses of the Bush administration."

Though he's concerned about the prospect of Republican control of Congress, he said: "I think they are pushing the wrong policies, but I'm not in a position to stop it. I don't believe in standing in the way of an avalanche."

Posted by: bobzaguy | October 12, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Answer to question of Soros funding this ad:

"George Soros, the billionaire who helped fund Democrats in the last three election cycles, is sitting this one out, the New York Times reports.

Said Soros: "I made an exception getting involved in 2004. And since I didn't succeed in 2004, I remained engaged in 2006 and 2008. But I'm basically not a party man. I'd just been forced into that situation by what I considered the excesses of the Bush administration."

Though he's concerned about the prospect of Republican control of Congress, he said: "I think they are pushing the wrong policies, but I'm not in a position to stop it. I don't believe in standing in the way of an avalanche."

Posted by: bobzaguy | October 12, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Answer to question of Soros funding this ad:

"George Soros, the billionaire who helped fund Democrats in the last three election cycles, is sitting this one out, the New York Times reports.

Said Soros: "I made an exception getting involved in 2004. And since I didn't succeed in 2004, I remained engaged in 2006 and 2008. But I'm basically not a party man. I'd just been forced into that situation by what I considered the excesses of the Bush administration."

Though he's concerned about the prospect of Republican control of Congress, he said: "I think they are pushing the wrong policies, but I'm not in a position to stop it. I don't believe in standing in the way of an avalanche."

Posted by: bobzaguy | October 12, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I would bet that the ad was funded by George Soros, via some front organization which does not have to report its donors.

It would be very interesting to know exactly how many tens of millions he has given to the cause.

Posted by: dcharlson | October 12, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The White House announced today,"It is about time the American people realized how bad private industry is for the American economy. We have attempted to educate them about the evils of big business and our courageous uncovering of the Chamber's blatant attempt to destroy our "new" America will further display the arrogance of small businesses. We have created millions of government jobs since we realize the only way for America to enter the world economy is to do away with private industry. Again, our message is Government is good and private industry is evil. The President is very experienced in job creation, but is also aware that the only good job is a government job."

Posted by: bz11 | October 12, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

What SHOULD be happening at this point is a PARTNERSHIP between "Government" and "Private Enterprise" to actually get SERIOUS about WEANING "OUR"SELVES OFF OF OTHER PEOPLES' OIL (for elementary HUMANITARIAN reasons) --- and also off of "OUR" OWN AS WELL (for elementary ECOLOGICAL reasons).

The sort of "partnership" I envision is
exemplified by MANY precedents in "our" history. Witness, for example, the fact that GOING BACK MANY YEARS ALREADY, the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed and maintains a NINE-FOOT CHANNEL FOR THE LENGTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER to sustain TRANSPORTATION OF BULK MATERIALS BY BARGE. And the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT built and maintains an ENTIRE NETWORK OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS TO SUSTAIN TRANSPORTATION OVER LAND, about which nobody complains. The US GOVERNMENT, in partnership with "industry", has also BUILT A GREAT MANY HUGE HYDROELECTRIC-POWER-PRODUCING DAMS. And it also CARRIED OUT THE SPACE PROGRAM OF THE 1960s that today gives us the network of satellites that supports WORLD-WIDE COMMUNICATIONS. And GOVERNMENT (once again, through the military --- specifically DARPA) actually SPONSORED the extension to (and indeed much of the development of) COMPUTER communications.

SUCH endeavors have, however, been initiatives to develop NEWER technology --- which "Private" Enterprise, left to its own devices WOULD NOT HAVE EVEN BEEN MOTIVATED (much less ABLE!) TO UNDERTAKE --- but which did NOT involve replacing/displacing PREVIOUSLY-ESTABLISHED "vested interests". The situation today is fundamentally different, in that "we" are now faced with not only the implementation of NEWER technology, BUT ALSO WITH THE DIFFICULT BUSINESS OF ROOTING OUT AND REPLACING AN OLDER, NOW OUTMODED/OBSOLETE ONE.

It is quite TELLING (of the SHEER HYPOCRISY of many ostensibly "superior, substantial" MIS"leaders" of "our" society IN GENERAL!) to observe their willingness to quietly embrace and support "Government" IN SO MUCH THAT IS AND HAS LONG BEEN FUNDAMENTAL IN SO MANY WAYS TO THE OPERATION OF “OUR” ECONOMY, and yet to simultaneously SQUEAL LIKE STUCK PIGS when some of their previously-won “gains” CAN NO LONGER BE SUSTAINED BECAUSE OF THE EXHAUSTION OF, AND ALSO ALL THE DAMAGES BEING CAUSED BY, “our” long-standing-traditional reliance on "easy" OIL!

The economic breakdown now festering actually derives from THAT, rather than from any mere "ideological" considerations --- and it WON'T MAKE A RODENT'S REAR END WORTH OF DIFFERENCE whether "Democrats" or "Republicans" (who might really just as well be lumped together and called "Republicrats") "occupy" so-called "public" offices.

Ultimately, "We the (small) People" are GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE FUNDAMENTALLY --- and SERIOUSLY EMBRACE and ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT the coming changes to "our" Energy Diet. Silly people can blather ENDLESSLY about the "mid-term" and other "elections", but the ECONOMY about which so many of them are concerned WON'T IMPROVE UNTIL THEY GET BUSY DOING SOMETHING ACTUALLY USEFUL!

Posted by: BirdsAbound | October 12, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight:

*Obama is fearful that the Chamber of Commerce is obtaining foreign money to run ads against democrats – BUT WITH NO PROOF.

-YET-

*Obama has mortgaged America’s future to China
*Obama has filed suit against Arizona, and enabled other foreign countries to ‘join in’
*Obama has – for all intents and purposes – opened our borders for foreigners to flow in freely, because he refuses to protect US borders

Is it just me, or is Obama and the DNC just playing the latest liberal game of TWIDDLE DEE AND TWIDDLE DUMB???

PS: While we are on the subject, could Obama share with us the sources of the money Tony Rezko accumulated, and retell us the stories of Johnny Chung??

Posted by: wheeljc | October 12, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

It's about time the Democrats grew some and gave the RepuBPlicans a taste of their own medicine.

Teabaggers can dish it out but they can't take it.

Posted by: areyousaying | October 12, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Sadly this ad just distorts reality. The Chamber raises separate funds domestically for political ads. It does get dues from foreign members, but that is not used for the political ads.

The same issues could be aired about unions, but the Democrats turn a blind eye to that. Close to half of the dues paying unions that are members of the AFL-CIO are foreign members. Somehow Democrats conveniently ignore that while accepting AFL-CIO supported campaigning for Democrats.

Posted by: SJL3 | October 12, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse


One thing the US Chamber of Commerce isn't hiding is that it's petitioning the supreme court to strike down a lower court ruling upholding the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA). Why? Because LAWA would keep businesses from hiring illegal aliens and cut into their profits. Gotta keep that supply of cheap labor, because otherwise the businesses would have to hire US citizens and pay them a living wage.

http://www.lawmemo.com/supreme/case/Chamber2/

http://www.uschamber.com/press/releases/2010/september/us-chamber-urges-high-court-strike-down-2007-arizona-immigration-law

Posted by: TexLex | October 12, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

If the Chamber wants to prove they aren't supporting their efforts with foreign money, all they have to do is show where the money is coming from. But they won't do that, which is evidence of something.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | October 11, 2010 12:23 PM

======

You are not a real person with a real opinion, you are a paid shill. If you think you can prove that you are not, post your full name, address, social security number, a financial statement which includes all of your bank account numbers and all other assets, and a web address where you make available your tax returns for the past seven years. What are you hiding? We know it's something.

Posted by: robert17 | October 12, 2010 4:09 AM | Report abuse

Just what is the Chamber of Commerce hiding? And, for a year I've been told to stop whining by my Republican friends. Look whose whining now.

Posted by: BBear1 | October 11, 2010 6:31 PM

====

It's still you.

Posted by: robert17 | October 12, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats are just running scared!

Posted by: apdseal | October 11, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are just running scared!

Posted by: apdseal | October 11, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have been lobbing grenades all year long, now they get one lobbed back at them and they get their panties in a jam. Hahahahah How does that medicine taste?

Posted by: rryan007 | October 11, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

So, the Democrats actually thinking that making completely baseless accusations against the Chamber of Commerce is going to help them keep their majority?

Are they insane?

It's the Democrats who are selling this nation to the Chinese with the ever-increasing federal deficit.

And how much overseas money from George Soros does Obama accept?

Democrats are both clueless and pathetic.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 11, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I would never have guessed the President would be fighting with the Chamber of Commerce and take such a personal interest in mud slinging with Karl Rove. Guess it shows how quickly calm, cool, collected Obama can become a fitting child even if he is the President of the United States. Not sure that this is good, even George Bush knew better.

Posted by: confussed | October 11, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight:

*Obama is fearful that the Chamber of Commerce is obtaining foreign money to run ads against democrats – BUT WITH NO PROOF.

-YET-

*Obama has mortgaged America’s future to China
*Obama has filed suit against Arizona, and enabled other foreign countries to ‘join in’
*Obama has – for all intents and purposes – opened our borders for foreigners to flow in freely, because he refuses to protect US borders

Is it just me, or is Obama and the DNC just playing the latest liberal game of TWIDDLE DEE AND TWIDDLE DUMB???

PS: Could Obama tell us how Tony Rezko bundled campaign contributions that found their way to Team Obama? Also, has Obama and Biden ever heard of Charlie Chung??

Posted by: wheeljc | October 11, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

So where was WaPo when Palin was lying about "death panels?"

Posted by: dotell | October 11, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Just what is the Chamber of Commerce hiding? And, for a year I've been told to stop whining by my Republican friends. Look whose whining now.

Posted by: BBear1 | October 11, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

So what's new, the democrats have ran more dirty ads this yr than ever before. They make accusations but can't back it up. Obama and the democrats are really shameful in that they lob unfounded accusations and outright lies but they fail to try and run on their so called accomplishments.

Posted by: sfcret | October 11, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

So what's new, the democrats have ran more dirty ads this yr than ever before. They make accusations but can't back it up. Obama and the democrats are really shameful in that they lob unfounded accusations and outright lies but they fail to try and run on their so called accomplishments.

Posted by: sfcret | October 11, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

so, obamas mama & boyz live in rent free, (zero voucher apts), get free health care, free food, minus the sugary colas, free bus fare, free cell phones. who is nothing, with nothing to lose?

Posted by: tripferguson1 | October 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

If the Chamber wants to prove they aren't supporting their efforts with foreign money, all they have to do is show where the money is coming from. But they won't do that, which is evidence of something.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | October 11, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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