Karl Rove is Wrong: Liberal Side Is Not Just Like Him (Video)
October 11, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Karl Rove, former Bush adviser and sleazy political trickster, is having an attack of the vapors at the very idea that the Obama administration would dare to criticize the Chamber of Commerce for its soliciting of foreign money. And the spending of millions of dollars in secret donations to fund attack ads against Democrats this election season. Rove and the right-wing took aim at the President for questioning Rove’s own shadowy non-profit group Crossroads GPS, that is also spending millions in special interest money against Democratic candidates. Rove, whined “this is just beyond the pale. How dare the president do this?” And he accused Obama of creating a political “enemies list,” as he ticked off a number of unions and liberal groups he claims are doing the same things. But he is dead wrong. Joe Scarborough repeated Rove’s false charges this morning on MSNBC, but was forced to issue a retraction when it was pointed out to him he was guilty of parroting Rove’s lies. The Morning Plum’s Greg Sargent, said of Rove “You have to be a psychopath to lie with such abandon.” Well, yah, this is Karl Rove we are talking about here.
Rove recited the names of a number of liberal groups he falsely claimed, also don’t disclose their donors. He’s wrong:
“On Fox News yesterday, Rove, who helped found two groups that are dumping millions in anonymous contributions into the midterms, compared his efforts to those of liberal groups like the National Resources Defense Council, the League of Conservation Voters, the Center for American Progress — and, of course, the supreme boogeyman, MoveOn.”
“Like a lot of liberal groups,” Rove said, they “do not report their donors.”
Sargent quickly debunked Rove’s lies.
“But the comparison is totally bogus. Under Federal law, unions disclose far more about their funding than other political groups do, and it just so happens that MoveOn’s ads are funded by a Federal political committee that has to comply with the same disclosure requirements that candidate and party committees do.” [...]
“This is just false in the case of MoveOn, as we’ve already seen. And as for the other groups Rove cited, none of them have spent any money on campaign ads this year, according to a recent Post analysis, except for the League of Conservation Voters, which also discloses donors and has spent a tiny fraction of what the Chamber and Rove’s groups have spent.”
And the Politico reports that unions are subject to a number of reporting requirements.
“But when it comes to disclosure, talk of unions is a red herring. While they aren’t required by the FEC or IRS to disclose donors, a separate piece of federal law, the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, requires that unions disclose all sources of income that adds up to more than $5,000, a requirement overseen by the Department of Labor. As a result, unions disclose more than many political groups about their internal operations, and certainly more than than do 501(c)(4) nonprofits like Crossroads GPS or 501(c)(6) groups like the Chamber.”
Sargent’s take on Rove’s falsehoods bears repeating.
“You have to be a psychopath to lie with such abandon.” Yes, you do.