Obama White House & Democrats Attack Chamber of Commerce

Recently, the Obama White House and the Democratic National Committee have been waging attacks on the US Chamber of Commerce and republicans claiming that they are allegedly injecting foreign money into campaigns.

While campaigning on October 10th for Democratic candidates in Philadelphia at the “Moving America Forward” rally, President Obama attempted to raise suspicions about foreign money being used in campaigns by saying :

” Thanks to a Supreme Court decision called Citizens United, they are being helped along this year by special interest groups that are spending unlimited amounts of money, on attack adds … without ever disclosing who’s behind all these attack adds. You don’t know. It could be the oil industry, could be the insurance industry, could even be foreign owned corporations, you don’t know cause they don’t have to disclose. … the American people deserve to know who is trying to sway their elections.”

Click the link to see the video clip: President Obama Speculates on Alleged Suspicious Funding

The Democratic National Committee released the following ad accusing and attempting to raise suspicions that Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and the Chamber of Commerce are spending secret foreign money to fund campaigns.

The first organization that alleged the Chamber of Commerce was accepting foreign donations for political ads was a blog, Think Progress which is affiliated with The Center for American Progress. They put out the following attack ad alleging the Chamber of Commerce was using foreign money in campaigns.

On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer challenged White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod on the validity of accusations that foreign money is being funneled into campaigns – citing a New York Times article that states the Chamber of Commerce isn’t using foreign money to fund campaigns. Axelrod respondedwith continued attacks, one retort being “Do you have any evidence that they’re not Bob?” Apparently Axelrod operates on the assumption of guilty until proven innocent.

View the exchange:

At a time when the national unemployment rate is 9.6 percent, one may wonder why all of a sudden the Obama administration and its allies are waging such a campaign of attacks on a business federation in which 96 percent of its members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer; small businesses that account for three-quarters of all new jobs in this country. Taking a look at the US Chambers web site may reveal one reason why.

The Chamber of Commerce has a series of ads highlighting some of President Obama’s allies’ activities in California that has been harmful to businesses. Take a look at these commercials below.

 

Current law prohibits the use of foreign money for political advertising within the United States, but thus far, there is no evidence of the Chamber of Commerce using foreign revenue to fund it’s political ads. The Chamber of Commerce does collect membership fees from foreign affiliates, but that revenue is strictly used outside of the U.S.  Foreign membership dues only make up a small percentage of the Chambers total income, which only adds up to $100,00.00 of a total budget of over $200 million USD. To date, the Chamber of Commerce has spent $25 million during the 2010 election cycle.

The Chamber of Commerce website explains these foreign membership dues:

The Real Story 

AmChams are independent organizations, created to represent American companies in overseas markets, and they do not fund U.S. Chamber political programs. Collectively, AmChams pay nominal dues to the Chamber – approximately $100,000 total across all 115 AmChams. Under our budgeting system, the nominal funds received from AmChams and business councils are used to support our international programs.

Whenever a new AmCham is formed and wishes to become a member of the Chamber, we have a significant vetting process (including an examination of by-laws and members) to ensure that the AmCham is not controlled by a foreign government.

The Chamber is proud to have global companies among our membership. Of the Chamber’s 300,000 members, a relative handful are non-U.S. based companies. Click here for more info on foreign companies operating in the U.S.

To point out how bogus and diversionary these claims against the Chamber of Commerce are, Democrats from the House and Senate received approximately $1.02 million from PAC’s during the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responive Politics. In contrast, the GOP has taken approximately $510,000 from PAC’s on the same list. The Center for Responsive Politics list also tracked PAC receipts and disbursements up to September 13th with the Federal Election Commission and those statistics report that House and Senate Democrats received $6.5 million through PAC’s for the year versus $5.6 million for Republicans.

PAC’s generate all their revenue for political contributions from U.S. employees of subsidiaries of foreign companies. In layman’s terms, if you work for a foreign corporation, you and your co-workers can collect donations to send to a political party as a group of American employees like – Honeywell International, etc. All contributions are made public by the Federal Elections Commission rules. All PAC’s associated with subsidiaries of foreign corporations are under the same rules as American firms’ PAC’s.

When you take in to consideration that the Obama administration and some democrats have been demonizing businesses as big evil rich corporations, it makes sense why they feel threatened by the Chamber of Commerce ads. It’s because those ads show how Democrats and their policies have hurt businesses and employment in the U.S. in a time when they should be doing everything within their power to help businesses expand and grow jobs for out of work Americans.

Congressman John Conyers Speaks to Democratic Socialists

Democratic Representative John Conyers [See also: John Conyers], U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 14th district is seen in this video speaking to the Democratic Socialists of America. This was a meeting to energize the Socialist in attendance to organize and picket as a showing of support for the Progressive Democrats and their agendas.

Some facts about John Conyers JR:

  • Was once an affiliate of the Soviet front World Peace Council
  • Has a long history with the Communist Party USA [See also: CPUSA]
  • Member of the radical Progressive Caucus
  • One of 13 founders of Congressional Black Caucus
  • Advocates freeing convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Plotted with radical Ramsey Clark and others about ways to impeach President George W. Bush
  • Spoke in 2003 at anti-Iraq War rally of pro-North Korean Marxist group International A.N.S.W.E.R.
  • Voted against a resolution stating that “the United States and Israel are now engaged in a common struggle against terrorism.”  
  • Spoke in 2005 at an event organized by accused anti-Semite Lyndon LaRouche
  • Orchestrated letter-writing and media campaign over so-called Downing Street Memo with help from George Soros-funded MoveOn.org  
  • Has a long history with the Democratic Socialists of America: Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee/New American Movement Unity Convention in Detroit March 1982 – that resulted in the formation of Democratic Socialists of America
  • In 2003 he was a keynote speaker at the Democratic Socialists of America national conference in Detroit – with the 2008 Obama Black Advisory Council member Cornel West and the first journalist to promote Obama on the national stage, the Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson
  •  Democratic Socialist of America’s – Democratic Left -Spring edition in 2005, called Congressman John Conyers a key Democratic Socialist of America ally in Congress

Here are some quick quotes from the video:

“Conyers was introduced by the Democratic Socialist of America National director Frank Llewellyn. Boston Democratic Socialist of America  member David Duhalde is seen on the right behind Frank Llewellyn – he has a beard, black shirt and a hat.”

“Llewellyn then says: John Conyers has long supported H.R.676 single payer healthcare bill this organization (Democratic Socialists of America)  has long supported”

“Its good to know that a lot of my Michigan, Detroit and Grosse Point people are here. David Green, and Dave and Herman and probably others.”

“This gathering looks beyond the immediate geography of where you come from – it’s a Global Concept.”

“It’s a vision I think we share – that this world has gotten smaller – things are happening way away somewhere – too bad about that [insert disaster here – with sarcasm].”

“We’re all connected whether we want to admit it or not, and so as this globe shrinks, so does the commonality of the issues between us – begin to be less separated.”

“So I come to you this afternoon, to first of all, thank you for coming to the March [One Nation 10-02-10] – this is an important event.”

“We understand the significance of it – we know that when unions, political ideology, clergy, labor, civil rights – come together and just people that are Progressive enough to see in this One World Concept, that we’re all in this together – it makes certain things easier to understand – where we’re coming from.”

“Overriding it all is the quest for peace in the world. We’re bent on accidental or intentional nuclear annihilation – and – I support Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s measure that would make a Department of Peace in the United States Federal Government.”

“Then there is the question of the beloved 44th president. The fact that we’re still pursuing war at the same rate of the previous administration is something I believe we should organize and unite around and make it clear to him through all the usual means of communication including: picketing, protest – making it clear to him that there probably isn’t anyone above the 10th grade who doesn’t know that you can’t win a war in Afghanistan.”

“[Alleged by John Conyers] In 2012 there is a highly organized effort to make sure Obama is a one term president and it started even before his inauguration – I only mention the Tea party because they’re small and dismissible, but there are much more serious and affluent sources behind this effort it appears.”

“I’ve got to stand up for the principles I was fighting for before he ever set foot in Washington, but I also have to make sure he is reelected 2 years from now.”

“I see that us making him more cooperative with our plans will strengthen him and not weaken him.”

“And to have this press secretary [Robert Gibbs] of his denouncing the left – is an automatically dismissible act if I were president – that would be the end of it. We would send him with his bags packing.”

“The whole point is that trashing Progressives and the left at the same time watching your ratings go down – gee – what’s so difficult about figuring that out? So since there seems to be some problem with it and some difficulty, who’s job do you think it is to get him straightened out and on the right track? Ours!”

“I look forward to our next meeting.”

To summarize this all, John Conyers and the Democratic Socialists of America are rallying together to push President Obama, Progressive Democrats, etc., in to their socialist agendas by organizing, picketing, and the other “usual” means. It’s clear that  John Conyers is working close with the Democratic Socialists of America to help implement their socialist agendas. John Conyers is a close ally and sympathiser of the Democratic Socialists of America.

 The big display of support for the political left spoken of in the video was the One Nation rally [See Also: One Nation] in Washington D.C., but the crowd was smaller than expected by the left and didn’t show much support since most of it was radical activist groups such as: The Communist Party USA, The Democratic Socialists of America, Code Pink, etc., and the rest were AstroTurf paid for and organized by the big labor Unions (SEIU, AFL-CIO, NEA, etc).

The key agendas for Conyers and the Democratic Socialists is for an anti-war agenda, Global Governance, John Conyers H.R. 676 Single Payer Healthcare plan, to clean up the Progressives image and raise their rating, make sure President Obama is re-elected in 2012, and to build a Department of Peace within the Federal Government – mostly designed by Dennis Kucinich.

Other related links and info:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/demsocial.html

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7123

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6497

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7449

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/summary.asp?object=Organization&category=

One Nation Rally Videos:

Facts and opinion on Dennis Kucinich:

First, if Dennis Kucinich has close ties to The Communist Party USA and shares their views, then should we all be worried about the Department of Peace he and John Conyers wants to erect? I’ll give you the facts and then you can decide for yourself.

The first 3 Communist Goals for America are:

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

http://www.rense.com/general32/americ.htm

There seems to be a possibility that the Department of Defense is an attempt at de-militarizing the USA by getting rid of our last line of defense and deterrent to attacks, our nuclear weapons and missle defense.

Here are some facts on Dennis Kucinich and his views towards our military defense. Compare this to being friends with Communists, comparing Communist views of the USA and the Communist Goals for America from the past.

Kucinich has had close ties to Communist Party USA (CPUSA) members since the 1960s. According to the World Socialist Web Site, Kucinich, during his years as mayor of Cleveland, “was closely allied with the Stalinists of the CPUSA.” During Kucinich’s successful 1996 Congressional run, he received the support of CPUSA-Ohio chairman Rick Nagin. In a 2004 report, CPUSA Political Action Committee chair Joelle Fishman singled out Kucinich for praise. In a July 2007 report to the CPUSA’s National Committee, Party Chairman Sam Webb urged fellow communists to “have a positive attitude toward the candidacy of Congressman Dennis Kucinich,” characterizing the latter as “a leading voice of the broad people’s coalition.” “The more he [Kucinich] speaks to audiences of the core forces,” said Webb, “the better positioned the movement will be to win in 2008 and to fight the good fight in 2009.” In 2008, Kucinich’s political campaign received support from Rick Nagin and the longtime CPUSA official (and Venceremos Brigade veteran) Bruce Bostick.

In June 2002 Kucinich was the leading plaintiff when 31 House members (30 Democrats and one Independent) filed a lawsuit against George W. Bush in an effort to block the President from withdrawing the United States from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. In addition, the suit named Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell as defendants. Among Kucinich’s fellow plaintiffs were Representatives John Conyers, Jesse Jackson Jr., Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, and Maxine Waters.

Also in 2002, Kucinich said, “We must challenge those who would make of any nation a nuclear target; challenge those who would threaten to use nuclear weapons against civilian populations; challenge those who would break nuclear treaties.” He was referring specifically to the United States.

Kucinich advocates the creation of a new federal agency called the Department of Peace (DOP), whose purpose, he explains, “will be to support disarmament, treaties, peaceful coexistence, and peaceful consensus building.”

Kucinich believes that clearly enunciated good intentions can win the hearts of America’s enemies around the world. “In the finest example of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.,” he says, “we can learn to confront our enemies with ahimsa, unconditional love.” “We must overcome our fear of each other,” he elaborates, “by seeking out the humanity within each of us. The human heart contains every possibility of race, creed, language, religion, and politics…. We need to create a new, clear vision of a world as one … where people can live in harmony within their families, their communities, and within themselves.”

Kucinich advocates drastic reductions in spending for America’s national defense, particularly the research and development of new weapons. He calls for further, though less draconian, cuts in funding for the modernization of existing weapons and military hardware. He favors the total elimination of research and testing for the Strategic Defense Initiative missile defense system. The money Kucinich would siphon away from defense spending, he would direct instead toward the Department of Peace and toward increased spending on the arts, education, transportation, welfare, and environmental protection.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=630

One Nation Rally: Smaller Than Expected Turnout – Mostly Unions & Radical Organizations

The “One Nation” rally in Washington D.C. on 10-02-10 that was in alliance with over 400 Progressive organizations, some of them radical far left – seeked to organize and mobilize more people than the Restoring Honor 08-28-10 rally. The organizers were also trying to energize both the Progressive Democrats and their voters before the November 2, 2010 elections.

Even though the organizers of the One Nation rally claimed this was not in response to the Restoring Honor rally and that it was organized before it – this was an attempt by the political left to draw a counter rally crowd hoping it would turnout more attendance and give a showing of support to the Progressive Democrats. Continue reading “One Nation Rally: Smaller Than Expected Turnout – Mostly Unions & Radical Organizations”