From POLITICAL HOTSHEET at CBS NEWS:
During a Sunday appearance on Fox News, Republican strategist Karl Rove fired back at recent accusations that he has “funded” conservative groups responsible for pouring money into nationwide conservative causes, and disputed the validity of statements made by President Obama and the Democratic National Committee.
“The president is completely inaccurate,” Rove said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” of Mr. Obama’s recent statements that Rove had “funded and advised” conservative groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.
Rove went on to slam a recent Democratic ad criticizing his past political contributions, and accused Mr. Obama for having an “enemies list.”
“This is a desperate political ploy by the White House,” Rove said. “The president of the United States accused the Chamber of Commerce, and the Democratic National Committee in its new ad accuses Ed Gillespie and I of a criminal violation of our law by getting foreign money and spending it on American political campaigns, and they have not one shred of evidence to back up that baseless lie. This is a desperate and I think disturbing trend by the president of the United States to tar his political adversaries with some kind of enemies list, with being unrestrained by any facts or evidence whatsoever.”
Over the weekend, the Democratic National Committee released a new ad attacking Rove and former RNC head Ed Gillespie for “spending millions from secret donors to elect Republicans to do their bidding in Congress,” and otherwise “stealing our democracy.”
Mr. Obama has recently condemned the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for alleged ties to foreign donors, and the White House refuses to back down despite the Chamber’s adamant denial of the validity of those claims.
“Have these people no shame?” Rove asked during his interview. “Does the president of the United States have such little regard for the office he holds that he goes out there and makes these kind of baseless charges against his political enemies? This is just beyond the pale. How dare the president do this?”
This is not the first time Rove has accused the White House of having a so-called “enemies list”: Just a year ago, during an October 18, 2009 appearance on Fox News Sunday, the GOP strategist accused the Obama administration of “engaging in its own version of [Nixon's] media enemies list.”
(Videos at POLITICAL HOTSHEET link)
From the New York DAILY NEWS:
George W. Bush‘s architect is vehemently denying that foreign money is funding his latest election blueprints.
In the mounting weeks before November’s midterm elections, the Republican strategist also said President Barack Obama was being “hypocritical” in suggesting that such a tie exists.
Biden slammed Rove on Monday, declaring he was using a “stable of billionaires” to pour cash into close races. He challenged Rove to prove that the money wasn’t coming from millionaires, insurance companies, oil companies and major executives.
Rove ignored Biden’s challenge on the morning show. Instead, he accused President Obama of demanding that Republicans release donor information, although Obama refrained from releasing the same information in 2008.
From The Plum Line at The Washington Post:
Virtually every news org under the sun has now weighed in with an aggressive fact check of White House/Dem foreign money allegations against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And that’s as it should be.
But when are folks going to start getting equally aggressive about fact-checking the false and misleading claims in this dispute that are coming from the right?
Karl Rove, who co-founded two big spending groups, and others behind the huge conservative ad buys, have repeatedly claimed in recent days that their spending is comparable to anonymous spending from the left. These clams are serious distortions at best and demonstrable falsehoods at worst.
Yesterday Rove falsely claimed that MoveOn doesn’t disclose its donors, even though it complies with the same disclosure requirements that candiate and party committees do. And today, Rove amplified this line on Good Morning America, responding to the President’s broadsides as follows:
President Obama based his attack on a blog posting by Think Progress, which is associated with the Center for American Progress, a group headed by John Podesta, who was the chairman of the president’s transition. It is a political group and does not reveal its donors. The president didn’t say anything about the League of Conservation Voters, which does not reveal its donors, and makes political ads.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, which runs ads through its action fund, does not reveal its donors. The president’s own campaign refused to reveal the names of donors who contributed literally tens of millions of dollars to his efforts.
Rove’s claims passed largely unchallenged, but let’s take them one by one. The comparison to the Center for American Progress is absurd, because it does not and has never run campaign ads. The League of Conservation Voters has only spent a paltry $1.3 million this cycle — an infinitesimal fraction of the right’s spending. It pays for ads out of several committees. Nearly half of LCV’s spending came from a committee that does, in fact, disclose its donors, according to a group spokesman.
LCV does also spend for ads out of a 501 c4, which doesn’t disclose donors, but there’s substantial donor overlap between the two committee, so we already have a very good idea of who they are. The Natural Resources Defense Council is also a 501 c4, and doesn’t disclose.
But even so, Rove’s assertions about these groups are still absurd, because we already know what their issue positions and agendas are. What’s more, Obama and Dems tried to pass the DISCLOSE Act this summer — which would have forced such organizations to disclose their donors.
As for Rove’s claim that literally tens of millions of Obama’s contributions remained secret, the reality is that 90.2 percent of the hundreds of millions Obama raised were disclosed.