Rep. Henry Waxman went into what is increasingly enemy territory Tuesday, speaking at a Chamber summit on U.S.-Israel business relations.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) knocked the business coalition for not disclosing its donors and said that it has not done enough to prove it is not spending foreign money on its political efforts.
"I urge the Chamber to be transparent, to provide full disclosure on the contributions it is making this cycle," Waxman said. "Without proper transparency and disclosure it is hard for the Chamber to be a role model for corporate citizenship in America and around the world."
..."In particular, the Chamber has been unwilling to show accountability for the funds it has solicited for [their] ads. The donors have not been disclosed," he said. "Moreover, despite the Chamber's strong assertions, it has been unwilling to show conclusive evidence that money collected from foreign corporations isn't being used for political activities."
While his admonition undoubtedly fell on deaf ears, good for Waxman for making the story of this conference the Chamber's obscene spending on this election. Dems are refusing to let up on the issue, which is key. The money pouring into Republican campaigns can't be countered with other money, so exposing it is the next best tactic.
To that end, the DNC is running this ad nationally on cable.
You've seen the ads. Millions being spent by right wing groups to buy an election, all from secret donors. What's not a secret is why. Republicans and their corporate buddies want to be back in charge. Wall Street writing its own rules again; Big Oil and insurance companies calling the shots. More jobs shipped overseas. Millions in attack ads to put the corporate interests back in charge. If they're in charge, what happens to you? Fight back!