Monday, October 11, 2010

White House Admits: No Evidence for "Foreign Money" Attack Ad

From The Baltimore Sun:

When CBS newsman Bob Schieffer Sunday asked senior Obama advisor David Axelrod if there is any proof for the claim in Democratic attack ads, that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is taking money from foreign interests, the senior Obama aide says they don't need proof -- it's up to the Chamber of Commerce to prove it isn't true. (!)

More from the New York Times:

The Democrats have offered no evidence that the chamber is using foreign money to influence the elections. The chamber has overseas affiliates that pay dues to the main organization but says it has a process to segregate those funds from any used for electioneering.

The Democratic committee’s spokesman, Hari Sevugan, likewise offered no evidence ...

The chamber is hardly the only organization playing a role in the campaign that has international affiliations and gets money from foreign institutions. Among others are groups on the political left like the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the Sierra Club. The law requires them to isolate foreign money from any domestic political activity.
Looks like they're getting desperate.   As CBS's Bob Schieffer said in response to Axelrod's statement:   "three weeks out ... is that the best you can do?"

CBS News posted video of the encounter under the caption "Schieffer Smacks Down Axelrod's Foreign Money Accusation."   CBS!

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