They’re right, foreign interests have no damn business in an American election process…that said…when the administration is the leader of an inquiry into the source of funds to pay for Republican ads, I can’t help but laugh. No one was more defensive about where political contributions came from than the Obamites. George Soros, Saudi Arabia, foreign Muslim contributions from all over the world? And God knows how much transparency we’ve seen from the administration…opaque doesn’t begin to describe it. How many sides of their mouth does this administration have to talk out of? They’d shame Medusa, should the sides of their mouth be snakes.
What was the real motivation, for instance, for senators like our own (Montana) Max Baucus, who led the Obamites Health Care bill through congress? Was it to glean as many bucks as possible from whichever side of the argument wanted influence? This from commondreams.org:
As his committee has taken center stage in the battle over health-care reform, Chairman Baucus (D-Mont.) has emerged as a leading recipient of Senate campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers and other medical interest groups hoping to shape the legislation to their advantage. Health-related companies and their employees gave Baucus’s political committees nearly $1.5 million in 2007 and 2008, when he began holding hearings and making preparations for this year’s reform debate.
Top health executives and lobbyists have continued to flock to the senator’s often extravagant fundraising events in recent months. During a Senate break in late June, for example, Baucus held his 10th annual fly-fishing and golfing weekend in Big Sky, Mont., for a minimum donation of $2,500. Later this month comes “Camp Baucus,” a “trip for the whole family” that adds horseback riding and hiking to the list of activities.
To avoid any appearance of favoritism, his aides say, Baucus quietly began refusing contributions from health-care political action committees after June 1. But the policy does not apply to lobbyists or corporate executives, who continued to make donations, disclosure records show.
Baucus declined requests to comment for this article. Spokesman Tyler Matsdorf said the senator “is only driven by one thing: what is right for Montana and the country. And he will continue his open process of working together with the president, his colleagues in Congress, and groups and individuals from across the nation to get this legislation passed.”
Baucus’s fundraising prowess underscores the enduring political strength of the health-care lobby, which led all other sectors in donations to federal candidates during the last election cycle and has shifted its giving to Democrats as the party has tightened its control of Congress.
The sector gave nearly $170 million to federal lawmakers in 2007 and 2008, with 54 percent going to Democrats, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics. The shift in parties was even more pronounced during the first three months of this year, when Democrats collected 60 percent of the $5.4 million donated by health-care companies and their employees, the data show.
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This from the Wall Street Journal (comments in red or italics by me)….
Democrats and their allies are broadening their attacks on campaign spending by pro-Republican groups, hoping to force the disclosure of donors’ identities and curtail a lucrative source of financing for their rivals.
Liberal activist group MoveOn.org and nonprofit groups Public Citizen and Public Campaign plan to press media outlets that run campaign advertising to question whether the cash used for the ad buys is legal for that purpose.
The groups are also asking the U.S. Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service (let me see, does the aministration have any clout with the I.R.S.?) to investigate the pro-Republican groups and the sources of their ad spending.
“We’re going to keep hounding every group we can, filing complaints with the IRS, using every avenue we can to keep the spotlight on them, and hopefully someone’s going to come forward” and name donors, says Public Citizen chief lobbyist Craig Holman.
Honing a campaign message, President Barack Obama and Democratic Party officials have in recent days strongly suggested the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups, including two run by Republican strategist Karl Rove, are illegally using money from foreign nationals or companies to fund U.S. political advertising.
The groups have repeatedly denied the charges.
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We need to fight to keep lobbyists at bay and to limit political contributions. It’s the only way the people will ever be heard in D.C.