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This, on top of their big radio buy:

The nation's biggest business lobbies are putting big bucks into a TV campaign to re-elect GOP Rep. Dave Reichert and fend off his formidable Democratic challenger, former Microsoft manager Darcy Burner.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce goes up Monday with a $156,000 TV buy -- anticipate ads that will smear Burner as a tax raiser -- on top of a previous $40,000 radio campaign against the Democratic challenger.

Next week, the National Federation of Independent Business begins a $219,000 television buy to boost Reichert....

The chamber's $40,000 radio buy was used to argue, falsely, that Burner would raise taxes on families with children.

A more basic question can be asked: After the Wall Street meltdown -- caused by deregulation measures that it supported -- what business does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have telling us how to vote?

The U.S. Chamber has been given millions to fight against transparency, accountability and oversight of America's largest financial firms according to a report yesterday by the American Association for Accountability, a trial lawyers group.

In its brief, the association reports that the insurance giant American International Group (AIG) paid $23 million to the U.S. Chamber between 2001 and 2005. As it was going under last month, AIG was balied out by the Treasury Department -- e.g. the country's taxpayers.

The report Connelly is referring to is here (pdf), and details how AIG funded the Chamber's anti-oversight, anti-regulation efforts, getting us into this mess. These are the same people who bear direct responsiblity for the current economic meltdown -- they took $23 million directly from AIG to lobby for deregulation and reduced oversight and then lobbied hard in favor of the $700 billion bailout.

And now they're trying to scare Washington voters, lying to them telling them that Darcy Burner is going to raise their taxes. I think that pretty much defines despicable, considering that the bailout they lobbied for will actually cost every taxpaying household in America $5,300, by Paulson's estimate (and that was before the Senate's "enhancements"). Hell, even Reichert (a man not known for his mental acuity) was smart enough to know this could look pretty bad, and voted against final passage. But he's not going to refuse their help.

It'll be hard for Darcy to respond against this kind of money. Now might be a good time for the DCCC to consider going into debt (and twisting some arms to get that $14 million in unpaid dues) to help Darcy out. Obviously, protecting Reichert is a a huge priority for the Republicans. The DCCC should put an exclamation point on what is shaping up to be a real rout by Democrats by ensuring that the Chamber, the NFIB, the NRCC, and their poster boy Reichert are crushed in November.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:35 PM PDT.

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  •  Dammit, thought I was done donating (3+ / 0-)
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    Trix, mcmom, jnhobbs

    Darcy needs to run one ad pointing out that Big Business is trying to buy Dave Reichert's seat, and ask why they would want to do that?  Tie Reichert to Daddy Warbucks and perform a little Obama-style jujitsu against this flood of money.

    Republicans wouldn't hesitate a moment to demonize their opponent's supporters.  Why should we?

    I can't expect to live in a democracy if I'm not prepared to do the work of being a citizen.

    by Dallasdoc on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:39:04 PM PDT

  •  I sent another 25 dollah this morning! (4+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, ZenTrainer, jnhobbs, gtnoah

    Reichert is SLIME

    We need Darcy...come one everyone...send her a little change!

    Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

    by fireflynw on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:39:09 PM PDT

  •  What's the latest poll numbers from the 8th? And (0+ / 0-)

    can anyone from within the district/campaign tell me about the reaction to the ads, how effective they have been?

    How able is Burner to hit back with counterads?

    What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney? Lipstick.

    by gtnoah on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:39:54 PM PDT

  •  I deal with the chamber alot in my town since I (5+ / 0-)
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    Trix, Vico, wader, ZenTrainer, jnhobbs

    work at hotel in tourist town. But after reading this it makes me sick!

    And it finally explains something that pissed me off the other day. We got an email about monthly chamber meeting and at the bottom of the email it said be sure to go meet Rossi and it said where and when.

    I was mad because I thought they were non partisan but I have been hearing lately that chamber of commerce is very republican. why the hell is that?

    I thought it is suppose to be for the little business guy.

  •  Obama needs to visit Washington (4+ / 0-)
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    wader, ZenTrainer, pinguin, Rainefenix

    for both Gregoire AND Burner.  They both need a boost against slime spending.

    What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney? Lipstick.

    by gtnoah on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:41:02 PM PDT

  •  Obama Called Terrorist At McCain Rally (1+ / 0-)
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  •  The Chamber (0+ / 0-)

    is trying to buy her seat and the BIAW is trying to buy Rossi's seat. Thats the way republicans do it in Washington these days...just throw enough monney at a race until their guy wins!

    Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

    by fireflynw on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:41:45 PM PDT

    •  umm, actually (1+ / 0-)
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      that's what we're trying to do too.

      The idea is that we're (a) smarter, and (b) more honest.

      Alas, that is how politics works, due to it being very expensive to buy TV time, and people being very unlikely to pay attention to very much else. It is for their own good that we send Democrats this money so these people can watch these Democrats on TV.

      Democrats have had their failings, but overall they are historically much better at dealing with, say, stock market crashes, and social welfare, overall. Republicans, on the other hand, are historically much better at dealing with hanging people out to dry..and lately, especially good at lining their own pockets. That way they have more money to buy TV time to keep themselves in power so they can do it some more. Everything else seems to be smoke and mirrors for that party lately.

      This party ain't gonna be over until the fat lady sings, people. I just feel sorry for all those people who lost money in the market who wish they'd sold out early and given it to the Dems then. That must really burn them.

      "Man is a blind, witless, low-brow anthropocentric clod who inflicts lesions upon the earth." - Ian McHarg / Design with Nature

      by mieprowan on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:55:36 PM PDT

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  •  The US Chamber of Commerce... (3+ / 0-)
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    represents Joe Six-Pack, right?

  •  The US Chamber of Commerce (2+ / 0-)
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    wader, mcmom

    has been up with an ad in NC, for Liddy Dole.

  •  Don't we think it's time for (0+ / 0-)

    TruthandHope.org to get an ad out for Darcy?  Come on Kossacks - there's got to be someone out there who can put an ad together and send it to Eugene at T&H so we can raise money to get it on the air...I'm not talented in that regard, otherwise I'd do it!

  •  Can the DCCC get a loan? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I want a list of the DEADBEATS. All of them. (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, mcmom, ZenTrainer

    They all should suffer our wrath. Once again we carry deadbeats.

    "Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave." - Thucydides

    by JasperJohns on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:46:45 PM PDT

  •  Well my Republican friend gave Darcy a chunk of (4+ / 0-)
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    wader, mcmom, ZenTrainer, jnhobbs

    change (4 digits) the other day, hopefully that will help. I will give her some more today, though considerably less than 4 digits.

    My Republican friend is like us, tired of the crooks in charge and really unimpressed with the dishonest "GOP" instead of Republican, that is being played by some here in Washington. That and he's an actual Conservative, not some religious Neo-con nutjob, who wants things like the Constitution respected, separation of Church and State and fiscal responsibility. Someone who gets diplomacy and soft power, not just bombing countries and starting expensive, unnecessary wars. I always think it's great when we can agree with those on the other side on some fundamental issues. It gives me hope. And in this case, it's giving cash to a good Dem candidate. So win-win.

    Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson

    by ElizabethRegina1558 on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:48:24 PM PDT

  •  This should be made into a DNC commercial, (3+ / 0-)
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    mcmom, jnhobbs, mieprowan

    the salient points about how the USCOC is being used as a tool to promote more of the same underhanded backroom deals to bolster Republican candidates.

    It's time Democrats took on these fuckers as a Party. Enough of the dancing around the class warfare question, the war is on.

    The 50 State strategy works, thanks to Howard Dean! Donate!

    by shpilk on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:49:14 PM PDT

  •  I sent more dough to Darcy... (4+ / 0-)
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    wader, mcmom, ZenTrainer, mieprowan

     A pox on the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Horrors.

  •  Here in Oregon the C of C (0+ / 0-)

    is running a warm-and-fuzzy ad for Gordon Smith, misrepresenting his positions on health care.  Disgusting, and an embarrassment for local Chambers everywhere.  Why don't some local Chambers start withdrawing from the national organization and coming up with a slightly different name for their main street coalitions?

    By the way, Smith is running an ad that opens with a soundbite from Sen. Kennedy. I wish he were well enough to respond.

    Also, the DSCC is pouring major money into Merkley's campaign, making provocative anti-Smith ads that Merkley has stayed away from. I'm liking it.

    Time to trot this out again: They wouldn't be the Cubs if they didn't break your heart.

    by Vico on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:56:37 PM PDT

  •  The GOP is always better funded... (0+ / 0-)

    we must rely on the people....

    hopefully Darcy can pull this out against all odds.

    Also, on the presidential level...is anyone else concerned about these character assaults on Obama....i have a sense that they will start to reflect favorably for mccain in the polling....americans always respond positively to negative attack ads....thats why they do them....in addition to the keating 5 response...obama has to come out in frontof this Ayers issue with something.....he hasnt said much of anything y et....

  •  What is the (0+ / 0-)

    difference between a city chamber of commerce and the U.S. Chamber?

  •  Just donated a seemingly random amount to Darcy (5+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, wader, mcmom, ZenTrainer, jnhobbs

    I've been matching my near pointless discretionary spending with donations to Democrats this cycle. Darcy got $173.43, matching the purchase of some vintage toys from eBay.

    If I can afford crap, I can afford to support Democrats -- that doesn't sound quite right.

    (-7.38,-2.51) 76% of dKos readers think I'm a secret wing-nut operative!

    by Gustavo on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:00:13 PM PDT

  •  The underlying challenge for Burner has always (0+ / 0-)

    been that the 8th CD is heavily composed of an odd mixture of affluent old money country club Republican types in the Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and Mercer Island areas abutting Seattle proper (Romney striked me as their kind of guy), and working and lower middle class white rural and semi-rural types who tend to be culturally identified with the right (Huckabee and Tancredo strike me as their kinds of guys).

    So it was always going to be an uphill struggle for a quite young, liberal, female, outspoken former techie to make inroads with either group, and take on the cookie cutter Republican Reichert with his socially conservative, law and order, older white male fake populist persona, in such a district. She can still pull it off, but it'll be tough.

    To the GOP, change means doing a 360.

    by kovie on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:03:54 PM PDT

  •  Which safe critters are hording? (1+ / 0-)
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    mcmom

    How do you find out which members of congress are sitting on a pile of dough and which ones have ponied up?

    And yes, out comes the wallet again :-)

    "John McCain votes with Bush 95% of the time. That's not a maverick - that's a sidekick!" -Bob Casey Jr.,

    by jexter on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:07:02 PM PDT

  •  What does the King county chamber think? (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm pretty sure there are some local chambers in WA that aren't all that thrilled about this crap. I'm going to ask them whether their members really want to be tied to the architects of this disaster...

    "John McCain votes with Bush 95% of the time. That's not a maverick - that's a sidekick!" -Bob Casey Jr.,

    by jexter on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:12:21 PM PDT

  •  pinch the DCCC to wake up! (1+ / 0-)
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    mcmom

    "Now might be a good time for the DCCC to consider going into debt (and twisting some arms to get that $14 million in unpaid dues) to help Darcy out.

    Obviously, protecting Reichert is a a huge priority for the Republicans.

    The DCCC should put an exclamation point on what is shaping up to be a real rout by Democrats by ensuring that the Chamber, the NFIB, the NRCC, and their poster boy Reichert are crushed in November."

    Yes, they should be crushed, and yes, the DCCC should get dues paid. If this is not enough reason, very little else is. We can, as orange sackers, do only so much; it is the DCCC's job to do more.

    I AM living in interesting times: and my hovercraft is full of eels.

    by greenbird on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:19:26 PM PDT

  •  The counter ad writes itself: "They took $ 850 bi (0+ / 0-)

    llion of your money.  Now, to add insult, they're trying to rip off your vote. And lying about Darcy to do it."

    He who lies down with slime, stinks.

  •  Darcy sent out an urgent request (0+ / 0-)

    and I responded today for the first time.  I've been busy supporting George Fearing who is challenging Doc Hastings in WA-04.  Send George to Washington!

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