Campaign Money Watch in the News
We've been holding politicians--and secret spenders--accountable this election cycle. And we're making news.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its conservative allies are spending tens of millions this election cycle to get their chosen candidates elected to Congress. And for the most part, we don't know who's footing the bill.
As Campaign Money Watch Director David Donnelly told Roll Call, "“No candidate should sit quietly by and accept help from TV advertising that is furthering the special interest of the chamber,” said David Donnelly, director of Campaign Money Watch.
And he told the Washington Examiner that the ability of these groups like American Crossroads and the Chamber of Commerce to spend millions on campaign ads without disclosing their donors subverts our democracy.
The Chamber of Commerce and Foreign Funds
The Chamber has received nearly $900,000 from foreign companies into the same bank account its using to finance political attack ads. They continue to deny allegations that foreign money is being used to finance these ads--but have also failed to disclose their donors.
As David Donnelly told Sam Stein at Huffington Post:
"The Chamber has admitted to taking foreign corporate money, and they're spending up to $75 million to elect a pro-special interest Congress... Republican candidates in the nine Senate and 22 House districts who are benefiting from this money should disavow it until such time the Chamber can verify, beyond a doubt, that no foreign corporate money is funding their partisan attack ads."
The Chamber and Outsourcing
One of the key agenda items for the Chamber is to make sure outsourcing stays a viable option for American businesses--and they are spending big to get a Congress that does their bidding.
More than 1 million jobs have been lost to outsourcing in the Congressional districts where the Chamber is spending money.
"The Chamber is raising foreign corporate money and supporting policies that lead to the outsourcing of American jobs overseas. The 31 Senate and House candidates who are benefiting from political spending by the pro-outsourcing Chamber should address the controversy surrounding their foreign funding," Donnelly told Think Progress.
Last night, Rachel Maddow cited our data in her report:
CO-Sen: Ken Buck's Gun Dealer
At the beginning of October, we launched an ad highlighting Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck's ethics issues and lots of people are talking about it:
- "Group Aims at Buck's U.S. Attorney's Office Indiscretion" - Denver Post
- "GOP allies mae Colo. a top target" - Associated Press
- "$750,000 ad buy ties Golyansky around Buck's Neck" - Colorado Pols
- "Colorado Senate Race Becomes Election Proxy War, Liberal Group Tries to Level the Playing Field Against Crossroads GPS" - Huffington Post
- "Ads of the Day" - Firedoglake
- "Campaign Money Watch takes aim at Ken Buck's loaded history" - Center for Public Integrity
CA-03: Dan Lungren
Noted Fair Elections-foe Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) is fighting for his political life this election cycle. He's just received an influx of $670,000 from American Crossroads to help him out. Of course, we don't know who's behind these ads because the group won't release its donors. As we noted to the Sacramento Bee, just weeks ago, Rep. Lungren stood firmly on the side of disclosure. Will he do the same now?