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

Thompson calls on Democrats to return donations


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 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 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) 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, 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 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 has collected $176,000 from its supporters and distributed them to four vulnerable House Democrats.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Daniel SLC UT

    Dream on. This is only going to get us Dems to give more money to

    Thank you for the truth.

    September 10, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. spinstopper

    Dems return donations because donors call US generals traitors?? Yeah right... Then they would have to give back most of what they've collected and not just from

    The culture of corruption at its finest..

    September 10, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. therealist

    And yet they all, save Richardson's, pledged not to take money from lobbyist..

    Hmmm, another broken dem promise??

    September 10, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Bryan Brickman Littleton, CO

    Why doesn't Fred Thompson return all that money he received as salary from the liberal dominated TV industry (Law and Order). I'm sure some of those folks donated money to Aaaah....the old Potomac two step. Get with it Fred!

    September 10, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. EB

    Get a life, Fred. You won't get anywhere sucking up to Gen. Petraeus. Once Bush has used him up he'll be dumped, like all the others.

    This is no way to gain traction in a race that you entered too late anyway.

    September 10, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. DJS, Des Moines, IA

    Petreaus is a partisan hack, just like his new buddy Fred.

    General Dave is running off to FOX News (ha ha..."news"...good one, FOX!) for an exclusive interview after his testimony.

    What a farce. MoveOn is right about him. His 4 stars don't excuse his hackery.

    September 10, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Toris

    How about all the money contributed by FOX Attack dogs on the generals that disagree with republican views. In fact Thompson candidate is looking like a joke to me.

    Where are his policies on how to get this country fixed? Instead all we here is reaction to moveon.orgg. You are not runing as a pundict rather as a candidate.

    September 10, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. DJS, Des Moines, IA

    Anyone else here find it amusing that "spinstopper" and "therealist" are shilling for a political ideology that rejects science and panders to pseudo-religious crazies?

    Man, the Orwellian GOP doublespeak never ends. Hilarious.

    Sad thing is, they actually believe their own General Petreaus.

    Perhaps "spinstopper" and "therealist" should drop into Baghdad and take a spin in the reality of Iraq. However, being conservatives, I highly doubt they'll be found anywhere near a war zone.

    September 10, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. roger, conway sc

    Are you for real, why should anyone give back anything...this coming from a candidate who represents the most corrupt & hypocritcial party ever...we have a right in this country to speak our feelings...everyone is not a republican where you are told what to say & how to think by the GOP and if you don't you are unamerican & not a christian...Thompson fits the mold of a typical right winger...he can say what he wants to say and everyone else is to listen and say nothing...

    September 10, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Tom, Anaheim, CA is the antithesis of the industrial military establishment that powers, to a great degree, the GOP elite including the president and vp. I think they may be on to something. It is in the generals best interest to keep the war going. To keep his troops in the field and doing their war thing. What other reason do they have to exist. In a true peace time world they would be relegated to continental bases doing war games. Now they get to globetrot all around the world living like royalty without oversight, billions of dollars at their disposal, tons of toys to play with AND they get to keep pushing the mantra that they are "fighting a war on terrorism" or "fighting for our freedom." America desperately needs because without it this is a dictatorship of war lords.

    September 10, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    I'm glad they called him "betray us",because I clearly heard him promote his own military campaign indefinitely,without any expectation of success.Then I listened to that crock of -- go on and on about how well things were going there,more garbage from mental midgets. Now petraus can share company with powell in their immoral and unethical abyss.History.

    September 10, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Mike Despointes, Gretna, LA.

    L'arthitec karl Rove brainwash the morality of the President of the United States, George W Bush, to approve Immoral Swift boat adds; putting war heros against each other.And with the faxe morality of the republicans.America should quit voting republican if you want leave in a Democratic State.

    September 10, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Hmmmmmm . . . . seems like every time Thompson speaks I'm hearing (and seeing)the "Dueling Banjos" scene from "Deliverence"?

    September 10, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Now this guy is "Bush-lite"! I swear he is acting like he is following some GOP playbook or something. He must be thinking that if he plays the "role" of Reagan throughout the next few months then he is in. It's just sooo fake.

    1). Act like Reagan...
    2). Recite GOP platform word for word...
    3). Sell soul to the politicos so they let me be the next president.

    Telling it like I see it,

    September 10, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. MarkieBee

    Patreaus learned from all the other generals that you better stick to the script or you're going to have to retire. While I think Moveon's ad did go a little over the top, for a Repugnantcan candidate to call for a return of campaign money is ridiculous. I call on Fred "Red Truck" Thompson to return all his lobbyist money...which, of course, would leave him broke, which, of course, would mean his 28-year-old wife would then leave him, which, of course, we all know Fred won't let happen, which, of course, means he'll hang on to that tainted money.

    September 10, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Dan McD. - Westchester Ill.

    I agree. I mean, if you run out of people to attack, do you go after an army general? Sheesh.

    September 10, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. EQ Florida

    Very clever and typical Republican manipulation and spin. We saw so much of it in the last election. The first Dem that's stupid enough to fall for it and returns the money is being crossed off my list.

    September 10, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. Jack Jett

    Would someone tell Fraiser to shut up.

    If anything people should give more money to Move On.

    Tell me again why we should listen to Fred Thompson? Oh, he was on TV....
    Oh okay.

    jack jett

    September 10, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    Thompson and the rest of the republicans are just grandstanding. They are desperate to paint the democrats as weak. The democrats did not take out that ad.

    September 10, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Dan, San Diego, California

    HA HA!!! Way to go, Fred! Sadly, this kind of thing is par for the course for the collection of infantile leftist moonbats that support outfits like and "Code Pink". But let's see if any of the Dems are brave enough to repudiate this kind of repulsive character assassination. Personally, I'm betting that they won't because they need the support of the "Moonbat Left" in order to get the nomination. That should tell you all you need to know about the sorry state of today's Democratic Party. It has been thoroughly "McGovernized" just like it was back in the early 1970s.

    September 10, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Bob Corpus Christi, TX

    Of course, the Democrats should return all donations that came via But, first Thompson should set the example by returning all lobbyist funds that he got from lobbyists. Second, he should make public who donated to him. Anybody he has a conflict of interest with, he should return those funds.

    Freddy – set the example.

    September 10, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. CJM, Bakersfield, California

    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? It seems that so many Republicans had no problem associating themselves with that ad yet now they want to cry when someone questions the motives and actions of a Bush crony. You are seriously deluding yourself if you thought that Petraeus would not give a biased account based on what the President wants to hear and serves to prop up his agenda.

    September 10, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Jason, Austin, Texas

    I am sick to death of this "let's not question anyone in the military" mentality! No guys, do whatever you want, invade whatever country you want! Seriously! We're behind you 100%!! Two things that will never happen: Democrats returning contributions, and Fred Thompson getting elected.

    September 10, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Chuck Carlton, Pinehurst, NC

    We need more NeoCon Ex-TV actors to finish the complete destruction of the Bill of Rights, the fornication of the Judicial Branch, and the streamlining and coalescing of Power to the Executive Branch so we have a complete Fascistic Totalitarian Dictatorship disguised as a President of a Democracy! Then and only then will we stop the "Terrorists" (and keep the Michael Moores at bay, so we can go back shopping to the mall.)

    September 10, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. shrad, olympia,wa

    ha! never thought i would ever donate to an pac...but just did...this one deserved my praise...god bless you!

    September 10, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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