Muslims overseas funding ads attacking Democrats — Say goodbye to the U.S.A., hello Saudi America

by Ben Hoffman

The largest attack campaign against Democrats this fall is being waged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors. The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending.

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a large presence in the small, oil-rich country of Bahrain. In 2006, the Chamber created a local affiliate called the “U.S.-Bahrain Business Council” (USBBC), an organization to help businesses in Bahrain take advantage of the Chamber’s “network of government and business relationships in the US and worldwide.” With each of these foreign board members to the USBBC contributing at least $10,000 annually, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raises well over $100,000 a year in money from foreign businesses through its operation in Bahrain.
  • the U.S. Chamber of Commerce operates in India through a group called “U.S.-India Business Council” (USIBC), which has offices around the world but is headquartered in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The USIBC generates well over $200,000 a year in dues for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from foreign businesses.
  • Many foreign “AmChams” or Business Councils operate outside the direct sphere of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce but nonetheless send dues money back to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. American firms and Esnaad, a subsidiary of the state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, claims that it is a a “dues paying member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and part of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce.”

Previously, it has been reported that foreign firms like BP, Shell Oil, and Siemens are active members of the Chamber. But on a larger scale, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce appears to rely heavily on fundraising from firms all over the world, including China, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Russia, and many other places. Of course, because the Chamber successfully lobbied to kill campaign finance reforms aimed at establishing transparency, the Chamber does not have to reveal any of the funding for its ad campaigns. Dues-paying members of the Chamber could potentially be sending additional funds this year to help air more attack ads against Democrats.

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7 Comments to “Muslims overseas funding ads attacking Democrats — Say goodbye to the U.S.A., hello Saudi America”

  1. Does this foreign money thing look similar to Obama getting foreign money illegally by not securing the donation site? But the COC is not doing anything illegal. What happened to openness and transparency?

    Washington Post: [“Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed.”

    “Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited,” the Washington Post reported.]

    Oh, but Obama wouldn’t do that, would he?

  2. [Obama’s a bit of a disappointment]

    Thanks for the small admission. It’s a start towards recovery.

  3. I meant to insert one of those smiley faces after that last comment. Not tech enough.

  4. Well no shit Ben. Jeez. It’s actually come as a surprise to you that Saudi Arabia owns America?
    Corruption, regardless of either party … of which neither could give a rat’s ass about America, is out of control. If you think Obama is corrupt, but helping America, you’re deceived. Corrupt yes. Helping Amverica … not. He’s burying us. Oh yeah, Bush 1&2 along with Clinton, Carter, etc. have all had a hand in our demise; but you can’t honestly say Obama and his band of Chicago thugs are “good for America”. If you do then you’re the “idiot”.

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