Lefty Group Calling for Disclosure of Conservative Donors has Felon as Advisor
Warner Todd Huston | April 3, 2012
Recently the Washington Post had a story about a coalition of left-wing advocacy groups calling for their counterparts on the conservative side to reveal all their donors even though the law does not require it. The Post feels the crusade is a bit odd since most of the lefty groups doing the complaining also donâ€™t disclose all their donors. Even odder, the post itself doesnâ€™t disclose that one of the representatives of the left-wing groups they quote is a convicted felon!
The story by Don Eggen talks about the â€œsecret moneyâ€ problem of the 2012 elections, laments the lack of transparency and disclosure of donors for many of these 501c3 and PAC organizations, and notes that the â€œliberal-leaning groupsâ€ that have allied to call for transparency on the right also donâ€™t disclose their donors.
One lefty group in particular, though, fails this transparency test more than the rest. Sadly, even the WaPost doesnâ€™t point out the fact that the representative from Americans United for Change that the paper quotes in the story is not only the husband of a vicious left-wing member of Congress, but is also a convicted felon.
In the ninth paragraph of the piece, the Post quotes â€œadviserâ€ to Americans United for Change, Robert Creamer. This is the same Creamer, it should be noted (not that the Post does), who is the husband of vitriolic, left-wing Democrat Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Chicago. Creamer is also a convicted felon.
Back in 2006, Creamer was convicted over a check kiting scheme perpetrated to fund a left-wing advocacy group he was heading at the time. He was given a five-month sentence.
Isnâ€™t it interesting that these lefty groups that want to paint conservative groups as shady because they wonâ€™t release donor lists is using a convicted felon as a spokesman?
Creamerâ€™s quote in the Post story is also interesting. He says AUC only wants the conservative groups to be forced to disclose corporate donors because their argument is that â€œcorporations should not be investing shareholder money in trying to influence elections.â€
Note that AUC is a recipient of millions from Big Labor. Note that AUC gets millions from MoveOn.org which is funded by George Soros. Note that AUC wouldnâ€™t want all that â€œdisclosed.â€ As far as the AUC is concerned, only evil corporations should be forced to observe this â€œtransparency.â€ Why itâ€™s logical that corporations are the only entities in America that should be held to this so-called transparency is anybodyâ€™s guess.
Also note that AUC would rather not have its convicted felon husband of a well-known vitriolic Democrat â€œdisclosed,â€ either â€” and the Post obliges them on that count.
There is another point about the AUCâ€™s focus on corporations, too. Why is it the AUCâ€™s place to tell corporate shareholders what their corporations should do with its profits? If shareholders donâ€™t like what their corporation is doing it is their duty to hold the corporation to account and itâ€™s no business of Americans United for Change.
So, letâ€™s disclose that Americans United for Change is an activist arm of Big Labor, funded by the Teamsters, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and George Soros-funded MoveOn.org among others. And letâ€™s disclose that AUC is run by a former executive director of the Democrat National Committee, Tom McMahon, and a former aide to Speaker Pelosi, Caren Benjamin. Also, letâ€™s note that Brad Woodbouse was the groupâ€™s executive director until he left to become the DNCâ€™s communications director.
Thatâ€™s a nice and cozy relationship with the Democrat Party, isnâ€™t it?
Finally, we do understand why these leftist groups only want donations from corporations made public, donâ€™t we? Itâ€™s because they want to know who to attack for indulging their right to free political speech by supporting conservative groups.
But donâ€™t ask them to tell us exactly which unions gave them millions. That would be un-American, ya know?
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