Democratic leaders in the House and Senate criticizing GOP groups for allegedly funneling foreign money into campaign ads have seen their party raise more than $1 million from political action committees affiliated with foreign companies.
House and Senate Democrats have received approximately $1.02 million this cycle from such PACs, according to an analysis compiled for The Hill by the Center for Responsive Politics. House and Senate GOP leaders have taken almost $510,000 from PACs on the same list.
Against this backdrop,
American Crossroads, which is backed in part by former Bush White House officials Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, has come under fire from the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress for allegedly using donations from abroad to fuel their political efforts.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads GPS, a group affiliated with American Crossroads, have come under similar attack.
Both the Chamber and American Crossroads deny accepting foreign dollars for use in their political efforts. The groups say they abide by all applicable laws, which would require that any foreign money they receive be accounted for separately and firewalled from their political spending.
Democrats have acknowledged they have no evidence the groups are taking money from abroad and using it to fund political attack ads ahead of the mid-term elections, but argue that in the absence of tougher campaign disclosure rules, it’s entirely possible.
The hypocrisy will unhinge your jaw. But Rep Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, still likes the strategy of calling the kettle black:
“I think it is having resonance,” Van Hollen said last week on MSNBC. “I think that people are understanding that there’s this very important nexus between the special interests who are spending these millions of dollars and an agenda that doesn’t serve the interests of the American people.”
Speaking of not serving the interests of the American people, Obama’s website raked in money from abroad prior to the catastrophic 2008 election. In the interests of “transparency,” the Manchurian Moonbat’s campaign contributions record has been scrubbed clean.
At least you can always tell what Democrats are up to. It’s whatever they’re accusing their opponents of doing.