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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!

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 06:46 PM PDT.

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  •  Might as well tell the Mafia (4+ / 0-)
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    cybersaur, Magnifico, Matt Z, Macrocosm

    to clean up its act.

    •  Chamber of Commerce in "Jaws" (4+ / 0-)
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      cybersaur, Dartagnan, Matt Z, Macrocosm

      Remember the mayor and chamber of commerce were fighting the police chief (the late great Roy Scheider) to keep the shark infested beaches open? The chamber doesn't give a shit about people. All they care about is making more money, even if people are eaten alive by white sharks, either the real variety in Jaws, are the nasty sharks on Wall Street.

      Everything I write is within a margin of error of precisely 100%.

      by Bailey Savings and Loan on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:41:58 PM PDT

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  •  (OT) Ex-Fox News employee suing for racism.... (4+ / 0-)

    This should be fun to watch....

    Fox News is facing a lawsuit from a former technician  who alleges that while at the network, he faced "daily abuse, fear and humiliation" from other employees because of his race, and when he eventually complained, he was fired.

    One instance occurred during the 2008 presidential campaign. According to the complaint filed by Harmeen Jones, 32, who is African-American, two of his coworkers said in front of him that they wouldn't feel comfortable having a black president. Jones alleges that one of the men looked at him, saw he was uncomfortable and said, "[A]m I offending your blackness?"

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 06:50:20 PM PDT

    •  Fox "News" is racist (0+ / 0-)

      They go out of their way to foster an environment of racism on their shows. The way Fox "News" constantly disparages non-whites should make them an easy target for substantial civil penalties in a racial discrimination case.
      Here's to hoping that once this is settled, Harmeen Jones comes out of it a millionaire!

      Keep Christian mythology out of science class!

      by cybersaur on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 08:05:56 AM PDT

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  •  Both House and Senate GOP voted against... (5+ / 0-)

    DISCLOSE Act - That fact should be hung around their necks.  They knew the flood was coming and wanted to benefit from it.  Period.  

    Make them own it on the district level, house seat by house and in the Senate.  

    A vote against DISCLOSE was a vote for secrecy and hidden special interest money.  

    Delbene should make Reichert own it. Ami should make Lungren own it.  Kirk should own in in his race against Giannoulias.  Burr should own it against Marshall.  

    Imagine Pelosi having to have the gavel over to Boehner, and the shit eating grin he'll have as the GOP caucus erupts into raucous applause.

    by Jonze on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 06:50:44 PM PDT

  •  that's a good ad (1+ / 0-)
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    really economical and coherent.

    Welcome to Berkeley: the Bitter Old Liberal Capital of the World!

    by MikeRayinBerkeley on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 06:53:18 PM PDT

  •  no one could have foreseen.. (4+ / 0-)
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    the fucking right-wing coup attempt that was Citizens United. Impeach those traitors.

    •  Will the Chamber release the names of all (0+ / 0-)

      the Beckerheads who raided their kids piggy banks and took in all their empties in order to comply with Becks imploring them to donate to the Chamber? Apparently they got a whole bunch of dough from the deluded....

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:06:15 PM PDT

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  •  Good for Waxman, but I'd rather see him (1+ / 0-)
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    and every other Democrat attend a

    Summit on U.S.- U.S. creating jobs relations.

    Enough already. Stand up and fight. If you lose, you lose, but at least you tried. That's all I ask.

    by gooderservice on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 06:54:11 PM PDT

    •  The US-Israel (0+ / 0-)

      relationship creates jobs right here in America.  For example, almost all aid to Israel, by law, must be spent in the US on US-made goods.

      Waxman is right to stand up for this relationship.  And to stand up to the CoC.

      "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." --Barack Obama, June, 2008

      by oldskooldem on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:15:10 PM PDT

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      •  I am pro Isreal. That's not my point. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm just tired of reading about Congresspeople having all the time in the world to meet with lobbyists and every other powerful person, but not have time for their constituents.

        And why is the Chamber of Commerce necessary to be a middleperson for creating jobs in the U.S.?

        The "Chamber" is not an organization whom I admire or respect.

        Enough already. Stand up and fight. If you lose, you lose, but at least you tried. That's all I ask.

        by gooderservice on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:21:35 PM PDT

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  •  Yawnnn, the Paper Tiger (2+ / 0-)
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    ventures out yet again.

    I've heard this sort of "tough" talk from Waxman before... and it always leads to ZERO.

    "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

    by Superpole on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 06:54:15 PM PDT

    •  Nailed it (1+ / 0-)
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      They are just whining cuz the COC decided to give the loot to the GOP.

      After all,who was it that made a deal to stiff ordinary working Americans for big pharma in return for campaign donations ?
      And besides after the supreme court made Citizens united decision.....the Dems sat around & played with 'emselves.

      •  Yep, Thanks (0+ / 0-)

        Big Pharma is giving more $$ to dems than repugs this cycle.

        remember Waxman's so called "investigation" into the massive waste and fraud in Iraq - and his "hey, whistleblowers can use my website to report waste and fraud"?

        what was the result?


        "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

        by Superpole on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 05:49:03 AM PDT

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  •  Too bad the ad doesn't mention Vote D on Nov. 2. (0+ / 0-)

    Good ad as it is. But it's missing the one thing that would have made it superlative:

    "Fight back! Vote Democratic on November 2!"

    Perhaps a Very Serious Person can explain to me why this is omitted?

    •  Because (0+ / 0-)

      Stopping these Republicans is more important than electing Democrats.  Maybe we can convince some of those people who would never vote for a Democrat, to at least vote for the Libertarian or someone else on the ticket: better than nothing.  (I'm pro-Democrat myself, but I recognize that people have had experiences with the party which have turned them off.)

  •  Just G. O. T. V. (2+ / 0-)
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    We can start fixing things on November 3, but we'll have a LOT more to fix if we let the Rethugs get control.

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction -- Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:00:01 PM PDT

    •  It would be far better to (2+ / 0-)
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      We can start fixing things on November 3, but we'll have a LOT more to fix if we let the Rethugs get control.

      continue the cleanup 03Nov10, rather than start all over again two years from now. Amidst a much bigger mess.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:09:24 PM PDT

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  •  If only the Dems would actually try to fix the (0+ / 0-)

    problem of campaign funding. If we don't make a serious effort to get this done, the outlook for good smart government in the future good smart government.

    Everyone loves a horserace, what with the betting and all, but we need to do some work here.

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. --FDR

    by Rube Goldberg on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:03:15 PM PDT

  •  Good job, Miss Joan (0+ / 0-)

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:03:46 PM PDT

  •  Money is fungible (1+ / 0-)
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    The Chamber is running political ads. The Chamber has received foreign donations. Therefore, the Chamber is using foreign money in part to pay for political ads. Period. there is no other conclusion given the nature of money.

  •  Where did this donation come from $500,000? (2+ / 0-)
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    cybersaur, SNFinVA

    As news is breaking about Supreme Court Justice Thomas attending a Koch secrete meetings did the undisclosed donation come from there pocket for payoff for his vote on Citizens United? The undisclosed donation was made to Supreme Court Justice Thomas Wife, a Republican operative that is now aligned now with the Tea Party that was created by Koch brothers.

    Doing nothing is very easy for Republican party to do ... you never know when there finished. Me 2009

    by army193 on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:24:46 PM PDT

  •  What do you suppose the esteemed members of the (0+ / 0-)

    Chamber were thinking about Mr. Waxman when they heard this?

    Just imagine the thoughts flitting through these tender millionaires' heads.

  •  Epic Fail of CoC (0+ / 0-)
    Sunshine is the best cure for Corruption.

    Or at least that's what I've been told over the years. In this situation, we can't hold the CoC's feet to the fire legally in court, but making it a daily PR pain for them is the next best thing. In the end, they need to get their house in order to operate in good faith. Their footdragging actions just reinforce the opinion that they are using Foreign Funds to drive the ad buys this season. And the daily drubbing in the news will cancel most of that.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 11:37:53 PM PDT

  •  Disclosure. (0+ / 0-)

    Standard practice in non-profits is to set up a separate-but-controlled entity to receive funds for one purpose if you can't legally -- or they are unwilling -- solicit them for funds for oterh purposes you spend money on.

    The tiny little church I attend did that for a shelter and a tutoring program. Secular charities don't want to support a church.

    The Chamber refused to do that for foreign contributions and political expenditures. They claim that they have internal controls to keep the money from flowing from one to the other. Then they refuse to tell anybody what those internal controls are.

    Corporations are people; money is speech.
    1984 - George Orwell

    by Frank Palmer on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 09:24:52 AM PDT

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