October 15th, 2010
05:04 PM ET
12 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. D. Bunker

    No, Maria, the disater is people who thinkg "unicorns and rainbows" is a real argument and the wraps a bunch of lies around that nonsense. Like many right wing authoritarians, you seem to believe only what you prefer to hear from your masters, not what is true. The so-called "liberal" media is anything but, as been shown repeatedly in studies of news content (not meaningless factors like campaign donations). The "liberal" media is run by the corporate elites whose only goal is to maximize profits on our backs. The difference is that I recognize this and you do not.

    You probably also don't know or care that there is a whistleblower who has confirmed the Chamber of Commerce is using foreign money to buy this election. Voting for the GOPB/COC would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool or the captain of the Titanic to run a cruise ship. Sheeple like you should wake up and join the rest of us sane and rational Americans fighting for the rights of Main St. Americans instead of the interests of faceless millionaires and billionaires.

    October 15, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Beverly West RN

    Elected officials are like diapers- they require removal frequently: The economic disaster which ushered in massive unemployment and foreclosures was preventable- but ALL the Republicans and Democrats in the US Congress turned their backs in exchange for campaign money from the big banks and the insurance companies: Any incumbant who has served more than 3 terms in office should be serving a few years behind bars also. On November 2, I will vote against all Incumbants in my State.

    October 15, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. imp

    Dear Lord. More lies by the GOPers. Obama's disclosed all of his donors & that info can be found in many places. Seems the false info that these non-thinkers are sourcing is an absolutely MADE-UP article. These idiots will believe just about anything.

    October 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    the repos are doing what they do best lying. This country will be run by corporations if you let them. The dummies up frot are just mouth pieces for big business. Wake up America. The repos do NOt have your best interest at heart. Palin is out spouting hat again . directed at our first lady this time. When will this pig with lipstick go away. ?

    October 15, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ Maria....... With all due respect, there was so-called-outrage from the GOP about Obama's donors. Obama DID make the list of donors available....... IT ... IS .... LAW. Also, Maria, the average donation to Obama was ........ $20...... yeah...... $20....... bucks!

    October 15, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. La Piovra

    Republicans go after DNC for hypocricy. The Happy Hooker denounces the modern young woman for premarital unchastity.

    October 15, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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