Thursday, October 04, 2007's Pants Are On Fire

A report from the Connecticut Post by Peter Urban suggests that the attempt to defame Army General David Petraeus by has created a backlash:

“House members voted 341-79 on Wednesday to condemn ‘in the strongest possible terms the personal attacks made by the advocacy group impugning the integrity and professionalism’ of Petraeus.”

Among those voting in favor of the condemnation were all five Connecticut representatives, including freshman Rep. Chris Murphy. Through direct contributions and independent expenditures, the group provided Murphy with $500,000 for his successful campaign against former Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson.

The U.S Senate, Chris Dodd dissenting, condemned the ad in late September.

Federal Election Commission filings show that since last year spent more than 90% of $3 million in independent expenditures targeting a dozen Republican candidates, including Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, both of whom are running for president. The group has spent less than $400,000 in independent expenditures supporting Democrats, all of which means that is very likely the most successful attack machine in the nation. The group specializes in negative ads, the hobgoblin of media editorialists everywhere.

Dodd – who sometimes seems to be running for President of DailyKos and, two left leaning blogs, chose to distinguish himself by voting in the minority and attacking Rush Limbaugh, the talk show humorist.

In other “follow the money” news, a group tied to Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton has been fined out of existence by the FEC, according to a report in the Washington Times.

“At least four persons who worked for the America Coming Together (ACT) fundraising group, which the Federal Election Commission recently fined $775,000, work directly for the Clinton campaign or hold top positions with consulting firms hired by it,” the Times reported.

As usual, the group was funded by billionaire moneybags George Soros. ACT misused $70 million in “soft money,” the Times reported, “uncapped donations that aren't supposed to be used to urge election or defeat of a candidate, the FEC determined, saying that some of the money was spent on direct-mail and telemarketing efforts aimed against President Bush and Republicans in key battleground states in 2004.”

There has been no word yet from Dodd on the misuse of funds by Democrats in attack ads on Republicans though, as a presidential contender himself, Dodd is perfectly poised to offer criticism. Perhaps after he finishes paddling Limbaugh’s behind...
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