The Chicago thug POTUS’ election campaign is OVERSTEPPING it’s bounds.
Below a screenshot of a tweet sent via the Obama campaign Twitter account. Note the usage of the term “demand”. Not ask, not request, not pretty please, –DEMAND.
“Add your name to demand that the Koch brothers make their donors public”.
A demand that the Koch Brothers are not legally bound to. This type of strategy is to be expected from unions and Occupy Wall Street, but when it comes directly from a sitting POTUS’ reelection campaign, it is beyond repulsive.
Jim Gereghty responds:
Mister President, with all due respect, who the heck (not my first choice of words) are you to demand private citizens engaged in free speech disclose their donors when they are not required to by law? Who made you king?
That’s none of your darn business, and the government has no business snooping around in the financial information of those who disagree with its current head of state.
Also, Mr. President, tell the flunky who wrote that petition that you can’t “ask” and “demand” at the same time.
To summarize, President “I’ll Use SuperPACs After All” is demanding Americans for Prosperity turn over a list of donors that no law requires.
As Obama said to a House Democrat who didn’t vote the way he wanted, “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”
The Koch Brothers have been a target of the Obama campaign for some time as John Hinderaker of Power Line reports:
Have we ever had an administration like Barack Obama’s? An administration that tries to benefit from pitting Americans against one another? An administration that uses its billion-dollar slush fund, not to mention the resources of the Executive Branch, to demonize private citizens who disagree with its policies? An administration that uses hate as an instrument of domestic politics? I don’t believe that there is any precedent in American history for the mean-spiritedness that now emanates from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“You note in your letter that Americans for Prosperity has tens of thousands of members and contributors from all walks of life across the country, suggesting that this is the source of AFP’s funding. There is one way to verify your point: disclose those donors for the public to make that judgment,” Messina [Obama's campaign manager -Ed.] writes.
This is profoundly stupid. Neither Koch Industries nor any other Koch entity controls Americans For Prosperity. Koch has no ability to “disclose” the identities of the tens of thousands of Americans who have contributed to AFP, or to order AFP to do so. Under federal law, AFP is not obliged to disclose its donors. But, hey: disclosure is a two-way street. How about if Barack Obama persuades the many liberal organizations who support his policies–MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress, the Democracy Alliance and many others–to disclose their donors? Hmm? Don’t worry, that isn’t going to happen. The Democrats would be embarrassed to admit that their funding comes from 1) rich liberals, and 2) union dues that are coerced involuntarily from union members, with hardly any coming from ordinary Americans who freely give their own money.
The Obama administration continues to embarrass itself through its uniquely repugnant combination of ignorance and mean-spiritedness.
But what have we here? Obama was a recipient of evil Koch Brothers cash in 2008 and 2006? Say it aint so!
While it is true that Koch Industries give more money to Republicans, they did donate to a large number of Democrats as well. As a matter of fact there were 10 Senate Democrats who received campaign contributions.
On the list of recipients of “tainted” Koch cash during the 2008 race? Barack Obama (D-IL) with $4,300, Hillary Clinton (D-NY) with $3,500 and Joe Biden (D-DE) receiving $500. Obama and Biden also got donations in 2006.
Obama biting the hands that fed him, what a toolish punk.
In related news:
And while we are on the topic of political donations:
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For that reason, I’ve assembled a running cheat sheet to help keep all of the Democrat politicians, the crony capitalists, the conflicts-of-interest, and the outright criminality straight. I know, I know — it’s a difficult job, but someone’s got to do it.
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