September 10th, 2007
03:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Thompson calls on Democrats to return MoveOn.org donations

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Before hitting South Carolina, Thompson watched the Patriots battle the Jets in a New Hampshire bar Sunday.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Former senator and Republican White House hopeful Fred Thompson called on Democratic presidential candidates Monday to refund all donations received from MoveOn.org after the liberal advocacy group ran an ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus in The New York Times.

"I understand there's a front page ad that's been taken out by this outfit called MoveOn.org in the New York Times today," said Thompson at a campaign rally at Doc's Barbecue in this capital city. "And it basically accuses our general who's leading our troops in Iraq right now of betraying his own country. This outfit basically, in large part, funds the Democratic party. I call upon the Democratic party and all those Democratic contenders for the White House to disavow this libel against this brave American." (Related: Dems join GOP in slamming ad attacking Petraeus)

Moveon.org supporters have contributed over $108,000 to Democratic presidential candidates this year through the group’s political action committee, according to Federal Election Commission records. Sen. Barack Obama lead his party’s field in contributions received through Moveon.org, with just over $30,000 received since the start of his campaign. Rep. Dennis Kucinich received almost $25,000 compared to just over $23,000 for former Sen. John Edwards and $18,000 for New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden each received between $5,000 and $6000, while Sen. Chris Dodd received just under $1000.

Earlier in the day, Sen. John Ensign, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called on Democratic Senate candidates to return MoveOn.org donations. So far, only one Democratic Senate candidate, Tom Allen of Maine, has received money from the group, though the amount he has received, almost $250,000, makes up nearly half of the group’s total campaign contributions this year.

FEC records also show that Moveon.org has collected $176,000 from its supporters and distributed them to four vulnerable House Democrats.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Chris Bingham

    Of course the right wing wants to marginalize MoveOn – they're becoming effective. "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

    Of course Patraeus has betrayed us – he was put in place to stoke the Republican Lie Machine. If he had alkl this "honor" he wouldn't have taken the job in the first place.

    September 12, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Charles Dunifer, Temple, Texas 76571

    Where was Mr. Thompson standing when the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" ran their despicable ads questioning the patriotism of John Kerry, a U. S. Senator and decorated Veteran of Vietnam?And what part of the Swift Boats story was not true. Why did John Kerry not sue them for slander. I will give you a hint, if he sued it would have opened up all his sevice records to discovery in court. Why did the head of the Swift Boats encourage John Kerry to sue them? Again, it would open up his records to discovery. Why did John Kerry not release his records as promised on national television? He is hiding something!

    September 15, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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