The Syracuse Post Standard couldn’t be more biased if they tried. Take their editorial this morning: “Assume the Worst“. They picked up the mantle of the DNC and President Obama and are running with it. They’ll stop at nothing to help Dan Maffei retain his seat, and defeat the grass roots campaign of Ann Marie Buerkle.
The lion’s share of the secret money is going to Republicans, though this year, anyone can donate any amount to their candidates. Some cataracts are flowing into Onondaga County, where a group called American Crossroads is expected to spend $400,000 in a pre-election blitz to unseat incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt. That’s more twice what GOP challenger Ann Marie Buerkle had managed to raise a month before Election Day.
Who is donating to these groups with apple-pie names like Americans for Job Security, the American Future Fund and Americans for Prosperity? Hard to say, thanks to a disastrous Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited contributions, and the shameless failure of Congress to pass disclosure legislation.
[scary words about 2012 election]
Voters: Don’t be suckers. Ask yourselves: Why are those donors hiding? Is it because they know they are hijacking democracy? What’s on their agenda? Outsourcing more jobs to China? Establishing One World Government? Lowering taxes only for the rich? Eliminating consumer safety standards? Boosting corporate subsidies and bailouts?
Go ahead, voters: Assume the worst and vote accordingly — until the cowardly donors reveal themselves.
Nothing about the Center for American Progress, MoveOn.Org or any of the other leftist groups that have been inserting themselves into American politics for years. Nothing about ACORN. Nothing about the Soros-backed, anti-Israel group JStreet hosting fundraisers for Dan Maffei.
For the record, Ann Marie Buerkle’s staff told me the campaign had no prior knowledge of the ad American Crossroads is airing in the district. But I’m glad they’re doing it. Dan Maffei, who hasn’t released an internal poll in months, raised millions of dollars for this election. He refused to give back money Charlie Rangel raised for him. But when it started to look like Ann Marie Buerkle could win this race The Post Standard had to commission the Democrat pollster Siena to help give Maffei’s campaign a boost. And now they’re crying about disclosure?
Did it ever occur to them that maybe some people don’t want to be attacked by the left for donating to conservative groups? Think about what happened to Target and Koch Industries.
The strategy got a test drive in Minnesota earlier this year after Target Corporation donated $100,000 cash and $50,000 of in-kind contributions to an independent group that ran ads supporting the primary candidacy of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. MoveOn.org accused the company of being anti-gay, organized a petition, and crafted a TV ad urging shoppers to boycott Target stores. Target made no further donations, and other companies that once showed an interest have since declined to contribute.
Then there’s the curious reference to the tax status of Koch Industries by White House chief economist Austan Goolsbee. In a late August conference call with reporters, Mr. Goolsbee cited the closely-held Koch as an example of “really giant firms” that pay no corporate income tax because they file under other tax rules. But how in the world would Mr. Goolsbee know Koch’s tax status? Could his knowledge be related to the White House-liberal campaign against Koch for contributing to Americans for Prosperity, a group that is supporting free-market candidates for Congress this year?
In an August 9 speech, Mr. Obama personally trashed Americans for Prosperity, hinting that it was funded by “a big oil company.” He had to mean Koch, which makes no secret of its support for Americans for Prosperity.
The outrage over the Chamber is especially amusing considering the role of foreigners in U.S. labor unions. According to the Center for Competitive Politics, close to half of the unions that are members of the AFL-CIO are international. One man’s corporate commingling is another’s union dues.
Unions and liberal groups are hardly cash poor this year in any case. The Campaign Media Analysis Group looked at the combined spending of candidates, their parties and outside groups and found that Democrats outspent Republicans $47.3 million to $40.8 million in a recent 60-day period.
Of course the Post Standard won’t report any of that. Not a chance! This is the same rag that wrote a desperate editorial in favor of Obamacare after Scott Brown’s election threatened to derail the effort to take over our health care system. Do you think they’re about to sit back and allow a conservative woman with grass roots support stand in the way of the fundamental transformation of America?
Addendum: Just last week the Post Standard published an article advising us that environmental experts shared Dan Maffei’s criticism of Buerkle’s stance on global warming. Buerkle said in a debate that it isn’t settled science, or something to that effect. They never reported a thing about Climate Gate. If they did I don’t know anyone who saw it. As far as they’re concerned, if they didn’t report it, it never happened.
Please help Ann Marie Buerkle fight not only Dan Maffei, but this pathetic rag billing itself as a newspaper.
Update: Check out the multiple pages of PAC donations Dan Maffei has received. (Via Sam in the comments below.)