Monday, October 11, 2010

Franken Wants US Chamber Investigated

Senator wants Chamber investigated; International Business Times

Franken reveals he's a tool for the leftist web-log ThinkProgress...
A United States Senator has asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may be using money from foreign corporations to help fund its ad campaigns for the 2010 elections.

"I am profoundly concerned by recent reports that foreign corporations are indirectly spending significant sums to influence American elections through third-party groups, including 501(c)(6) trade organizations," wrote Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, to the FEC on Wednesday.

"I am writing to ask that you investigate these claims, enforce existing laws and regulations prohibiting foreign spending in American elections, and strengthen those very laws through new regulations and policy guidance," Franken said.

As the Senator makes clear in an accompanying press release, the principal 501 (c)(6) trade organization he refers to is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Franken's call for an investigation follows fast upon a report published Tuesday on the ThinkProgress website alleging that the Chamber was using fees and donations from foreign members and affiliates to help fund its massive $75 million ad campaign to elect Republican candidates in the upcoming mid-term elections.

The ThinkProgress report said "the Chamber funds its political attack campaign out of its general account, which solicits foreign funding. And while the Chamber will likely assert it has internal controls, foreign money is fungible, permitting the Chamber to run its unprecedented attack campaign."

Read the rest of the International Business Times story here.

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