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. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    What an idiot.

    I don't know at this point whether General Petraeus's testimony was accurate or inaccurate. I do know that he is all grown up and can take care of himself. So he has to tolerate a little "swift boating", big deal. He'll get over it. The men and women coming home in body bags, and those that have been maimed for life will not.

    I have no sympathy for this General, the Department of Defense, or this Administration. This is a disaster of their own making.

    I have tremendous empathy, sympathy and prayers for the men and women of the the United States Military, their friends and family; as well the Iraqi people. For these brave souls I pray every day.

    Former Senator Thompson is trying to capitalize on the misery of others, shame on him!

    September 10, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Carrol Ann, Newport, Maine





    September 10, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. borkz, Orlando, Florida

    So it would appear that Bush got himself another dog to join the one in the White House, the poodle named Blair, and now Petraeus. What kind of dog is he? Apparently one that has attended obedience to the Master School.

    September 10, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. John, Charlotte, NC

    So, it is okay for the republican attack machine to call dems traitors and worse, but it is not okay for Moveon to utilize their Constitutional right to free speech?

    I think I might have this all figured out soon...

    September 10, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Donovan Haddix , Brownstown MI

    A republican calling for a democrats to return money to a liberal organization for saying something liberal? Is this not just a blatant attempt by the GOP to take an honest ad (yes, honest! ... most americans agree on the content of the ad) and parlay it into a political advantage. There is nothing to hide from here for dems. General Betray-Us is a correct term for a Bush cronie! Bush HIMSELF has betrayed us and the world. Let the world try Bush and his treasonous administration for war crimes!

    September 10, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. Jack, Durham, NC

    Now they get to globetrot all around the world living like royalty without oversight, billions of dollars at their disposal,

    Another liberal elitist looking down his nose at a military he knows nothing about fighting and dying for his right to talk tough on the internet.

    September 10, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Lynn Ensley McCaysville, Ga.

    Give us a break Fred, after all the lies and distortions your party has spread around over the last few years.– remember- swiftboat- wmd- mission accomplished– Why Fred next thing we hear, you will be claiming the people of Tennessee will support one of their own. Now Move On Fred and take your great record for being environmentally friendly with you!

    September 10, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Amy, FL

    "Hmmmmmm . . . . seems like every time Thompson speaks I'm hearing (and seeing)the "Dueling Banjos" scene from "Deliverence"?
    Posted By Cable King Pittsburgh Pa : September 10, 2007 5:27 pm

    Ok too funny, LOL me toooo. Sad thing, those notes reverberate in my head wayyyyy more than they should re: the people running to be our LEADER.

    One can only pray the American people, both "right" and "left" wing leaning have smartened up. We need a thoughtful, intelligent, visionary pres people.

    September 10, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Cathy Turtletown Tn

    This is the 5th story on Thompson today on the ticker. Are you helping him play catch up. I'm from Tn and I know how he ACTS. (As they say around here.) It ain't good!

    September 10, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. Tom, Los Angeles, california

    Maybe someone should have asked the "Swiftboaters" to return money they raised.

    September 10, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. jms, Tn

    How about Fred returning all the money he made as a lobyist?

    September 10, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. Andy, Davis, CA

    It's easy to throw stones at a guy that's sitting on top of a military superpower, but do you really think he got there by betraying people? It proves that moveOn not only wants republicans to fail politically, but it wants our protectors to fail as well. People have taken for granted the great freedoms that are protected by our military.

    September 10, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. Frank Denver

    hearing the lies Patraeus said today makes Thompson's speech seem a little silly. This GOP hack wants this brings honor and death,,what more could you want as president.

    September 10, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    Funny how spinstopper talks about corruption in the democratic party...yet fails on a consistent basis to mention his own party's failures...I won't even go through the know them...and you wince everytime you hear them because you can't put your "spin" on issues like this...Awww poor's a pacifier just for you Spinstopper!

    September 11, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  15. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Right on Wynter. Unfortunately, he kept having to delay his entry because he wasn't smart enough to grasp all the information being fed to him on what his positions would be. He was too lazy to put in extra hours either. The scary thing is, that formula has put him at the top of the pack. The reason is clear. They do not want an independent thinker- they want a spokesmodel for the republican machine. 4 more years so they can continue to erode the separation of church and state, stack the supreme court with young staunch conservatives which would take DECADES to fix, and turn the USA into Iran- the only difference being christian vs. muslim religious state. Terrifying, isn't it?

    September 11, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  16. Lyons Steve

    Truth hurts, don't it, Freddie?

    'Bout time someone like Move On showed some balls against these fascists.

    Petreus is cooking the books. This whole farce has been cooked. Impeach Cheney now, Bush later.

    What, are you people stupid? Why do you think Bush got rid of the rest of the generals – who all thought Iraq was an insalvagable wreck – and replaced them with Petreus?


    September 11, 2007 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  17. Susan R. Jones, Henderson, NV. is the only organization without a right or left cause or ethnic majority to say or do anything versus this monolithic, say nothing, do nothing Congress and administration, mostly Republicans with hot air and no way out of another Vietnam. We, the people, are getting WRONG info on troop deaths and disfigurement, Iraqi civilian deaths, Iraq itself, Afghanistan,where the oil money is going (did they ever find it???), and the cost of the war, in lives and taxpayer dollars. That's why there are so many in the organization. Dems would be foolish to take a completely grassroot organizations' individually decided funds from any campaign.They will pay the price for doing whatever the White House and scared Republicans want them to do!

    September 11, 2007 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  18. Rob, Mosul Iraq

    In response to Tom from Anaheim's unfounded comment: No one in Iraq is living like royalty enjoying "globetrotting" around the world with our toys. Soldiers are dying here, officer and enlisted alike. The military is also not without oversight, proven by the countless Marines and soldiers now in prison for indefinite terms for their actions here. Again, officers and enlisted alike. Have a basis for your comments or don't make them. It amazes me how those with no real world knowledge of the military are the first to criticize how it operates.

    September 11, 2007 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  19. ThirstyJon, Freedomville, IL should be ashamed of themselves.


    September 11, 2007 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  20. Ray, Jacksonville Florida

    MoveOn.Org has passed its peak. Desperation tactics such as this poorly done ad demonstrate it has lost its luster and political clout. It may as well have been presented at the VMA awards show. A 13 year old could have come up with a better advertisement.

    September 11, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  21. Sue, Midland, MI

    Well, that's one way for Thompson to keep his name out there, I guess. I keep waiting for his participation in Watergate to surface-this is not an honest man, but he does seem to have Rove's playbook front and center. If you don't have anything valid to say, attack the other party. Worked twice! May not hold water this time around. This is still America-we have free speech-at least until Bush comes up with another executive order banning that too! This crew can't leave soon enough!

    September 11, 2007 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  22. Joyce Schilke Bowling Green, KY

    Everyone is so quick to criticize but I don't believe there is 1 person out there that has the guts to step forward and try to run this country. If you voted you have the right to complain, but if you did ot vote SHUT-UP. You have no right. As for the ones who are quick to criticize the way the war is being portrayed to us you can get a life. There is progress out there. There is an end to this. Having faith in the people who run this country is hard, but I know tat our president has the most influential being helping run this country. He is running it the way he told us he would run it, with God by his side.

    September 11, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas just jumped the shark.

    September 11, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    I agree that the Ad was in poor taste and should be withdrawn.

    But when opportunists like Fred Thompson get on their sanctimonious soap box it is time to draw the line.

    How come Republicans didn't object when the Swift Boat Campaign ran all those ads besmirching John Kerrey's service? It didn't seem to make any difference to them that Kerrey served his country with honor during Vietnam while George was desparately trying to get into the National Guard, Dick Cheney had other priorities and Fred found a way out of military service.

    It's OK when Republicans do it, but not OK if someone else does it. The Republican double-standard rears its ugly head again.

    September 11, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. John Shelton WA

    If I returned money every time a non-profit used language I did not agree with in an ad...I would never get to claim anything on my taxes.

    Get over it. Don't these folks have more important issues to discuss – like rising costs of health care?

    September 12, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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