Monday, October 11, 2010

Full Disclosure? Sure, Why Not?

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Absolutely amazing...in the midst of an interview with Obama consigliere David Axelrod on Obama's charges that foreign funds are fueling the US Chamber of Commerce pro-GOP campaign, ABC's Jake Tapper actually raises the question of Obama's long form birth certificate!

I doubt that Tapper's interested in the Birth Certificate per se...but what he's really asking is , if Obama's people want to go on a fishing expedition with the Chamber of Commerce and "disclose everything," why not start by having Obama do the same?

And Axelrod runs away from the question without answering it like a vampire from garlic.

The part about the birth certificate in the last two questions, but the entire interview with Axelrod is worth the read. And I have another interesting point to raise afterwards:

TAPPER: So the chamber says no foreign money is paying for any of their political activities.

AXELROD: And I guess my answer to the Chamber is just disclose where your money is coming from and that will end all the questions. The fact is they are spending $75 million in this campaign and they will not disclose where one dime is coming from. And that's the problem with all of these organizations. We have tens of millions of special interest money coming into these campaigns and no record of where its coming from and that should be a concern to every voter in this country.

TAPPER: Their answer would be why should they disclose. No one's disclosing.

AXELROD: Right and they have a point there. We tried to pass a law in the Congress -- every Democrat in the Senate voted for it, every Republican in the Senate voted against it -- that said everyone has to disclose. That all these organizations would have to disclose where their money is coming from whether they are supporting Democratic candidates or Republican candidates. The Republicans blocked that bill and the question to them and their allies is: what are they hiding that they don’t want the American people to see?

TAPPER: But you're asking the Chamber to prove a negative. “Prove that you’re not doing such and such accusation.”

AXELROD: It’s not proving a negative, Jake, because all you have to do to clear up the questions is reveal who your donors are from. The question back to them is why don’t they want to reveal where their money is coming from? I think the answer is, I think if the American people knew where their money was coming from they’d be a lot less apt to listen to the advertising, to read the mail, to respond to the kind of negative campaigns that the Chamber and some of these other organizations are underwriting.

TAPPER: But there's a difference between the Chamber and some of these other organizations, right? The Chamber we know what it stands for, we know basically the money is coming from big business and corporations. These other groups I understand, they have names like “Americans For Prosperity” we don’t know what they stand for or who’s behind it. But the Chamber is different, isn’t it?

AXELROD: Well we certainly do know about the Chamber, that they have foreign affiliates and they do raise money for the organization that way. What we don’t know is where the millions of dollars $75 million, is coming from that they are using to fund these campaigns. And the question back to them keeps coming back from us and others is why not simply say? What is it that is so nefarious about the sources of their money that they won’t reveal it? And that’s true with all these organizations.

TAPPER: Democratic organizations too?

AXELROD: I would be for disclosure for everyone. The American people ought to know where millions and millions of dollars in our campaigns are coming from. Whether they are supporting Democrats or Republicans. Transparency is what we need in the political system. What we don’t need are special interests spending millions of dollars in these campaigns, to influence these campaign, never owning up to it, but having more muscle in the congress than they already have.

TAPPER: But haven't third parties like these helped Democrats in the past?

AXELROD: Yes, I’m not suggesting that only groups that support Republicans should disclose. It think everyone in this process should disclose. It’s an unhealthy thing when the insurance industry, when Wall Street, when oil companies can pour millions and millions of dollars into campaigns and never own up to it . And it would be true on the Democratic side as well, it’s not healthy for democracy, it’s not good for everyday people.

TAPPER: But this isn't really about the Chamber itself, this is really about the president's vision of a worst case scenario.

AXELROD: Well what this is about, when this is done we’re going to see hundreds of millions of dollars spent by organizations who don’t disclose the source of that money. And that means any interest group can write a million dollar check, a ten million dollar check, to try to defeat a candidate, in order to push their agenda in the Congress and no one will ever know exactly what their involvement was. And that is not just a threat to Democrats, that is a threat to democracy.

TAPPER: And that's what you guys are worried about here? Some group going to a member of Congress –

AXELROD: It is a insidious, dangerous thing when people can contribute huge sums of money to run negative ads in campaigns and never confess or allow to their participation. It opens the door to all kinds of chicanery. And when the next Congress meets if there are people who are standing there who are beneficiaries of their campaigns, you’ll know in whose interest they are going to act.

TAPPER: But what do you say to people who argue you are demonizing an organization for a charge that nobody knows if it's true or not?

AXELROD: Well I’m not demonizing the Chamber of Commerce. I’m simply suggesting to them that they disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns and put to rest, put to rest the questions that have been, that have been raised.

TAPPER: Isn't that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?

AXELROD: The president’s birth certificate has been available to people.

TAPPER: The long form?

AXELROD: Someone once in the course of this debate about whether we should have a law to force these organizations to disclose where they’re money is coming from in the campaigns, someone said, and I think they’re right – “the only people who want to keep things secret are folks who have something to hide.” If the Chamber doesn’t have anything to hide about these contributions, and I take them at their word that they don’t, then why not disclose? Why not let people see where their money is coming from?

I agree with David Axelrod. So let's start with the millions in illegal foreign donations the Obama campaign received and the facts behind someone deliberately sabotaging the built-in safeguards that match credit card numbers to names and addresses (known as the Address Verification System or AVS) that are part of the default vendor set up that allow credit cards to be accepted as payment.

If there's a discrepancy...say, if you buy something over the net in the name of Joe Stalin and/or give a different address than the one on the card, the red flag goes up.

What the Obama campaign did was not only to disable those safeguards so donations could be made via fraudulent names and addresses, but to purge most of the records to camouflage this.

Full disclosure, Axelrod, no?

And what about the president's illegal deal with Big Pharma? Could we have full disclosure on where that money went?

By all means, let's have full disclosure on these and other items, like how much of the stimulus money that went to ACORNand the Unions ended in in the Dem's warchest...oh, and let's include Obama's transcripts and that elusive birth certificate. Not that there's anything wrong, but just to eliminate any questions,hmmm?

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4 comments:

Independent Patriot said...

The dems are desperate and grabbing at straws. but as I stated elsewhere, I find it interesting that Obama started this in defense of Joe Sestak who is being hit hard by pro-Israel forces. Could it be that Obama is warning Pennsylvanians not to let them Jews tell you how to vote forgetting that Jews who don't like him or Sestak are still Americans. Well at least my birth certificate is on record and available for viewing (no I am not a birther, it is a joke). I also don't need my mouthpieces to talk out of their backsides to defend me, I can talk without a teleprompter.

louielouie said...

uuuuuuhhhh, tapper raising the b/c issue.....
tapper must not like his seating position in the last hussein love fest the used to call presidential press conferences.
wonder if he even gets in the room........if they ever have one of those, ever again.
maybe during hussein's fourth term they might have .............. one.

Freedom Fighter said...

IP , aside from being the recipient of J Street $$, Sestak also was one of the congressmen who signed a pro-Hamas letter to Obama condemning Israel over Cast Lead in Gaza...among lots of other pro-jihad baggage.

Louie , Jake Tapper is one of the few decent reporters out there still working for the dinosaur media.

No one else there would have the stones to ask Axelrod that question.

And notice how Axelrod ran away from it? Could it be he knows something we don't?

Regards,
Rob

Rosey said...

I have my original long form birth certificate in my possession, complete with a coffee stain on it. I needed to show it to get my f****ing driver's license...just sayin'.