Despite evidence that the Chamber of Commerce political donations that come from abroad are from dues paying members, the Obama-Axelrod dishonest assault on this issue has continued.
The White House intensified its attacks Sunday on the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its alleged ties to foreign donors, part of an escalating Democratic effort to link Republican allies with corporate and overseas interests ahead of the November midterm elections.
The chamber adamantly denies that foreign funds are used in its U.S. election efforts, accusing Democrats of orchestrating a speculative smear campaign during a desperate political year.
President Obama, speaking at a rally in Philadelphia, said "the American people deserve to know who is trying to sway their elections" and raised the possibility that foreigners could be funding his opponents.
"You don't know," Obama said at the rally for Senate candidate Joe Sestak and other Democrats. "It could be the oil industry. It could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don't know because they don't have to disclose."
Karl Rove is incensed:
Have these people no shame?' Rove said of the attacks leveled at him and the Chamber. ‘Does the president of the United States have such little regard for the office he holds that he goes out there and makes these kind of baseless charges against his political enemies? This is just beyond the pale. How dare the president do this?
"‘This is a desperate and I think disturbing trend by the President of the United States to tar his political adversaries with some kind of enemies list, without being unrestrained by any facts or evidence whatsoever.
We've already covered the massive amount of foreign cash that flowed into the Obama campaign in 2008 illegally. The question is; will any of these charges resonate with the public?
Almost certainly not, although the reason is depressing enough. Sadly, much of the public will chalk these charges up to business as usual and it probably won't sway enough voters to save the Democrat's skin in November. It may dampen turnout among independents, which polls show would help the GOP. But there are no miracles that Obama-Axelrod can pull out of their hat that will change the general outcome of the mid terms next month.