Hey folks, please ignore our hypocrisy in endlessly whining about the evil Koch Brothers while the White House hosts lunch with the king of liberal dark money. We think we’re going to need a bigger hypocrisy meter.
Democrats are sounding the alarm about spending by outside conservative groups, even as skeptics question whether their anxiety is genuine or simply a tactic to turbo-charge their own fundraising efforts.
On Tuesday, Senate Democrats introduced legislation to force outside advocacy groups to publicly disclose their donors, even though the proposal has little chance of passing. Similar efforts went nowhere in 2010 and 2012.
“Since the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision, a torrent of dark money has swept through our political system giving corporations and billionaires the ability to buy and sell elections,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the lead sponsor of the Disclose Act.
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), his party’s chief political guru in the Senate, warned that outside conservative groups will likely outspend their liberal counterparts by a greater margin than in 2010, when Republicans picked up six Senate seats and captured the House.
“Clearly the outside groups are spending more than the individual campaigns and the party committees. … It’s not disclosed and it’s usually done by a handful of individuals,” he said
“I think it’s very unhealthy for our democracy.”
Meanwhile, the Obama White House brings in shady eco-billionaire Tom Steyer today.
Senior political officials on Wednesday are scheduled to host a mega-donor with plans of making a nine-figure investment in the 2014 midterm elections.
No, Washington Republicans aren’t meeting with Charles and David Koch, the deep-pocketed energy titans — and public enemy No. 1, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and many Democrats.
Instead, the White House, which has repeatedly bemoaned the influence of big money in politics, will open its doors to Tom Steyer, the environmental activist who has pledged to spend up to $100 million on November’s elections to promote his climate-change agenda. Steyer is also a high-profile opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project the Obama administration is still reviewing.
Although progressives were unwillingly to publicly condemn the White House for the Steyer gathering, multiple Democratic sources on Capitol Hill privately said that President Obama looked like he was playing the same political game he so actively criticized.
“If a Republican president did the same thing with the Koch brothers, we would skewer them,” a House Democratic lawmaker told the Washington Examiner. “If you’re going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk.”
“That’s probably the last person I’d like White House officials to meet with,” added a senior aide for a centrist Senate Democrat in a tough re-election fight.
Will these rockheads ever realize it’s all about Obama?