Friday, March 9th, 2012

Notable Links Digest – March 9, 2012

Nancy Pfotenhauer on America Live With Megyn Kelly
Fox News – Nancy Pfotenhauer and Megyn Kelly 3/1/12

Obama campaign admits it takes lobbyist cash
Washington Examiner – Timothy Carney

In the Obama campaign’s latest effort to intimidate or at least demonize its political opponents, campaign manager Jim Messina revealed that when he says “lobbyist” he basically means “Republican donor.”

In a letter last summer, Messina manager wrote “We didn’t accept one single dollar from Washington lobbyists.” Then in the fall, he wrote “we don’t accept any money from special-interest groups or Washington lobbyists.” He’s said that sort of thing constantly, and it’s always been misleading at best.

Obama and Messina took a $35,800 donation from a “government relations firm” that had recently deregistered as a lobbying firm, a contribution from Siemens’ VP for federal lobbying (a former Obama Energy Department official, btw), from both the president and the CEO of a registered lobbying firm, from a corporate executive who describes himself as an “evangelist” and whom we know lobbies the administration for policies aiding his company, and from VPs for “public affairs” or “public policy” at companies like Verizon and Google.

Outing the donors
Washington Post – Jennifer Rubin

The left started the game of “get the donor.” It has made a fetish out of harassing the Koch brothers, for example. It has no qualms about highlighting the political endeavors of private citizens who take part in the political process. Even the president’s campaign has now gotten in on the act in an unprecedented attack on specific individuals who give generously to conservative causes. So did the left really expect that the same tactics would not be employed against rich liberal donors?

Why Can’t the Obama Administration Make Its Case Without Disseminating Hate
Powerline – John Hinderaker

We wrote here about Obama’s effort to raise money by falsely demonizing Charles and David Koch, two principled private citizens who disagree with his policy positions, and here about the Koch Companies’ response to Obama’s misrepresentations.

Now the Obama campaign has fired back, evidently believing there is more political profit to be gained by demonizing private citizens:

The president’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, sent a letter to Philip Ellender, Koch’s president for government and public affairs, disputing Ellender’s claim that an organization partially backed by the brothers [Americans For Prosperity] represented the interests of thousands of grassroots donors.

It is an indisputable fact that nearly two million Americans have participated in Americans For Prosperity’s activities, and around 50,000 Americans have contributed to the organization.

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