October 15th, 2010
05:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Republicans go after DNC spokesman for hypocrisy

New York (CNN) - A Republican group under attack from Democrats for running political television ads without disclosing its donors is firing back, accusing a senior Democratic official of hypocrisy.

Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse is helping lead the Democratic charge against GOP groups like American Crossroads. He sent an email Thursday decrying the "growing and pernicious effects of secret, special interest money being used to determine the outcome of our elections."

A spokesman for American Crossroads tells CNN that Woodhouse is being hypocritical, because before going to the DNC, Woodhouse ran a Democratic outside group called Americans United For Change, which accepted contributions without disclosing its donors.

"Instead of focusing on job creation and fixing the economy, Obama and the Democrats have sadly spent their time and resources launching a phony, hypocritical and inept attack on their political adversaries," said Collegio, whose group American Crossroads, organized in part by Karl Rove, is spending tens of million of dollars in advertising to defeat Democratic candidates.

Collegio argues that Americans United for Change is a 501(c) organization, set up like American Crossroads and other GOP organizations Democrats are going after.

Woodhouse admits that his organization did not disclose its donors, but insists the group did not go as far as GOP groups are in running ads attacking candidates right before an election.

"While Rove's group has run dozens of political attack ads assailing candidates just in the past few weeks, Americans United in six years in business has never run a single such ad during the election season. Not once. Americans United was never under the jurisdiction of the Federal Elections Commission but Rove's group is because running political attack ads is all it does," says Woodhouse.

"I understand that Karl Rove and groups like his are taking on water on this issue and that he wants to drag others down into the mud with him, but he's going have to find another pig to wrestle with. This dog don't hunt," Woodhouse said.

During the Bush years, Woodhouse's Americans United For Change focused its resources and advertisements on issues like Social Security, Medicare and the Iraq War.

For example, one television ad the group ran in July 2007 in Minnesota against former Sen. Norm Coleman said "Norm Coleman is still standing with President Bush on Iraq. Tell Norm Coleman after four years, it's time to end the war."

Woodhouse insists that ad is very different from the ads American Crossroads is running this close to an election, calling for voters to throw out Democratic candidates.

Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Democrats • DNC • Republicans
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Voter

    Republicans are the party of LIES. They're lying to cover their own dirt.

    October 15, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Augsbee

    Both sides need to put a lid on these nonsense as President Obama never disclosed his donors and Obama collected more money than anyone in history and I don't see anyone in the Democrat Party producing a list of Obama's donors. Both Republicans and Democrats should disclose their donors to us the people otherwise put a lid on it.

    October 15, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(real one)

    What a JOKE! The GOP is calling the DNC "hypocrites"! ALL they have to do is look on the DNC web site to SEE the list of donors! The GOP is certifiable.

    October 15, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. stufthis

    Speaking of hypocrisy, Marco Rubio is supposed to be at the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers tomorrow. Should I take a sign that says, "Keep your thieving hands off my Social Security?"

    October 15, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. stufit

    Did you read it? You can't make this stuff up. Democrat liberals are hyper hypocrites and super liars. That explains why they would even consider an idiot like Obama for president, instead of someone who would be competent. Then again 87% of lberals think that Sara Palin actually said she could see Russia from her house. They are led by liars and the left wing media and their union bosses and are to doped up to think for themselves.

    October 15, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Ok first of all Politics runs on $ and both parties take Big $ contributions from a variety of sources yes. The real issue that the GOP is too cowardly to admit to is TRANSPARENCY. Why are the Republicans so afraid to expose the source of their donors and play games about the right of "privacy" as an excuse? If the GOP is truly the victim of hypocrisy or false accusations, then why do they continually hide and refuse to disclose its donors? Shame on the GOP.

    October 15, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Amazing how the Repubs are trying to spin unlimited and unknown corporate money buying the elections as being a good for our democracy. I guess that's why they aren't called the Democratic Party.

    October 15, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. stufthis

    I see there will be no increase in social security benefits this year because the cost of living has not increased. President Obama is trying to get congress to approve a $250 payment to seniors to off set this, but the republicans in the senate are opposing it. It looks like the little old senior tea baggers are getting paid back for supporting the GOP.

    October 15, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. stufthis

    If right wingnuts had anything beyond an 8th grade education, they would be able to discern that political attack ads against a candidate are different from an ad asking people to support a piece of legislation. In a perfect world, wingnuts would be able to read facts.

    October 15, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. stufthis

    The Chamber of Commerce and the the Rove/Gillespie cabal need to disclose their donors, foreign and domestic. Foreign countries and businesses have already acknowledged over $885,000 in campaign donations.

    October 15, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. stufthis

    That is $885 K to the Chamber of Commerce. Sorry.

    October 15, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. ron

    We know they are getting foreign money to try to keep jobs going overseas.

    October 15, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. JOhn

    Same old republicans, dirty money, lieing ads, sleezy poltics, deliberatly misleeding the ignorant supporters! BUT if you elect them THIS TIME they have changed and when they promise smaller government, immigration reform and less spending , like they have NOT done the past 100 times they made these same promises, this time they have changed? This dirty money is just one more thing in a mountain of evidence that the GOP has learned nothing from the destruction their polices brougt. They still have nothing new to offer, have not changed a bit, and will just bring more of the same disasters. Register your kids with selective serivice because the next Republican surge will be drafting your children.

    October 15, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Maria

    Where was the outrage when Obama would not disclose his donors? If the republicans did disclose donors, they would be demonized and vilified by the Obama media – who are in his pocket – the Obama administration, and the uniions that own the democrats and Obama. This is an issue because they want to deflect attention from the facts. The stimulus, Obama care, cap and trade, the finance bill, Obama motors and the list goes on. I thought Obama was going to bring our country together- you know unicorns and rainbows – not divide us! This administration is a disaster!

    October 15, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    We should all know, both parties do it. Neither is above reproach.

    October 15, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Monster Zero

    Let me help those that don't understand anonymity of campaign contributions. Some donors give to both parties to assure that they end up with a "friend" in a high place for the political favors they provide no matter who wins. Some donors do not evidence their political affiliation publicly due to the repercussions that it can have in the business world, like blackballing. Some donors just don't wish to have their names on some Democrat or Republican hit list....so that would be my response to anyone wanting to know who I donate to, go pound sand, it is none of your business and all of the donors!

    October 15, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. stufthis

    Someone posed a complaint about President Obama not being able to bring us together. The republicans cannot even bring the republicans together, other than oppose anything that will help Americans, and support any corporation that ships jobs overseas. In fairness, bringing the birthers, baggers, bigots, and big corporations together is comparable to herding cats.

    October 15, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Maria

    Ron: How do you know that?
    Stufthis: I would love to know where you got this information?

    October 15, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Monster Zero

    I'm a now a right wing nut and proud of it, I have an advanced degree well beyond that of the 8th grade, what do you have? Allow me to answer, you have a healthcare bill now subject to Constitutional review that accomplished ZERO, you have a trillion dollar deficit and a 13trillion dollar debt, you have a Cap and Trade bill looming that would cause further economic strife, you have a leader of your party that has failed to secure the borders of the United States and uphold his Constitutional obligation to the office, you have a Department of Justice that subjectively enforces our laws and you have a 10% unemployment rate with 18 million unemployed. In the short, ya got Nothing but good Old Joe Biden as Obama's best decision... See ya at the voting booth!

    October 15, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Maria

    John: The dems have been in charge since 2007, because the republicans spent like drunken sailors. I'll give you that. The last two years Dems have controled the Senate, the house and the white house. After almost two years I would say it's time to take responsibilty for the mess Obama and the Dems have placed our country in. Obama took a disaster and turned it into a catastrophy!!! He is surrounded by people that are anti-businees – like he is – anti profit – like he is – and have NO experience running a business- like him. Your comments are not surprising considering there is no accountability from the dems and Obama. Always blame and vilify the other side. Divert attention from the real issues. Just like Saul Alinskis Rules for Radicals, the libs bible.

    October 15, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. Midwest

    GCS is an acronym formed from the last names of the principals – Stanley Greenberg; James Carville, Bob Shrum

    CGS is related corporation of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, the Washington-based consulting firm WND reported managing the multimillion-dollar public relations campaign for BP. While current White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel lived rent-free in the Washington-area home of Greenberg, Rham Emanuel served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which gave Stanley Greenberg polling contracts worth $239,996 in 2006 and $317,775 in 2008, regional voter demographic consulting contracts worth $356,756 in 2006 and $264,306 in 2007 and $204,120 in 2008.

    Thats pretty good money from your "house boy"

    Transparency, Isn't it great!

    October 15, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There was no taxpayer bailouts during President Obama's campaign donations and that's why we Americans need to know the names of these GOP "secret" donors. In fact, AMERICAN TAXPAYERS NEED TO DEMAND TO KNOW THESE DONORS NAMES". People get your heads cleared out and don't be played for dumb by these Republicans or any Democrat, it's your tax money in question.

    October 15, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. grapevine

    Trying to focus on the economy and job creation isn't something I'd say the GOPers have been to willing to do, with all their Hell No votes and all. Guess it's difficult, when the very U.S. Chamber of Commerce supporting you is running round supporting job outsourcing. In this day and age of hyprocrisy, Rove is betting his bottom dollar on a GOPer victory, thereby keeping it all in the family, so to speak.

    October 15, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. lpharless2000

    It's not so much an issue that the GOP won't disclose donors, it's more a matter of, they don't have to. Neither do the Dems and they don't. Therefore to make a scurrolous claim, as Obama did, is nothing more, or less, than "dirty politics," something both parties engage in near election time. Although the first stone thrown usually comes from the party trailing in the polls.

    October 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. lpharless2000

    Where is the Dems list of donors?

    October 15, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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