Pelosi, Obama again blast third-party spending
October 23rd, 2010
10:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi, Obama again blast third-party spending

(CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used her introduction of President Barack Obama at a Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening to once again blast third-party groups that are spending heavily on Republican campaigns this election cycle.

"Everything was going great and all of a sudden secret money from God knows where - because they won't disclose it - is pouring in,” Pelosi told a crowd of about 100 people gathered for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fundraiser at the historic Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Democrats have sought to make shadowy spending by outside groups a major campaign issue, blaming special interest organizations for heavily influencing congressional races without having to divulge their donor lists. Many of these groups, such as the conservative Crossroads GPS, are not required to disclose their donors because they are registered as nonprofit organizations.

In his remarks, Obama also blasted the massive spending by outside groups, saying Republicans are “being driven by the special interests who have been paying for their campaigns over the course of the last several months.”

Groups such as Crossroads GPS have invested heavily in several key races in the GOP’s effort to regain control of Congress this November. Republicans need to pick up 39 seats in order to win back the majority in the House.

Pelosi nonetheless has repeatedly said she remains optimistic, insisting in her remarks Saturday that Democrats “fully intend" to retain control of the House.

Democrats said they expected to raise $600,000 from the event. For $50,000 per couple, VIP guests were treated to a reception, dinner and a presidential photo line.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    If I read the story correctly, the Unions that received huge chunks of the $787 Billion porkulus plan, are pouring $88 million into getting Democrats solvent enough to advertise for incumbents. So Mom and Pop donating to Pacs for Tea Party Members and to conservatives to stop the fiscal insanity of Obama, Pelosi, Reid is questionable? The grass roots are giving all they can spare to stop the Radical Progressive Agenda.

    October 23, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. Independent

    I can't blame them. I don't see how anyone can justify anonymous donors pouring in millions and literally buying elections. Glad the President is speaking out against this.

    October 23, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. moderate voter

    For all we know one of these anonymous donors could be the terrorist we are fighting. I say it is better to know who is donating that have such speculation going around.

    October 23, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Likely funding suspects...the billionaire Koch brothers (who fund the "independent" Tea Party), Chinese government (Repubs are most likely to let them keep flooding the US with their junk), Saudi royal family (no chance of oil usage ever decreasing under Repubs), Ku Klux Klan/Aryan Nation/American Nazis (Repubs feel the same as they do about immigrants, black people, and gay people), BP (looking for a refund of the billions that Obama miraculously managed to get out of them). The donors must be somewhere along these lines if they're so adamant about not releasing the names of the contributors.

    October 23, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. Alicie in wonderland

    Palin took aim at President Barack Obama, saying he needed to apologize to the 14.8 million people unemployed in the U.S.


    Really Sarah, what have you done for doing nothing and stealing from the lower class!

    October 23, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Bill4

    Interesting to note that Pee Lousy is screaming about unknown sources of money funding opposition to her, and her party
    agenda. Do you think she would be surprised to find that much of it comes from her previous supporters and long time Dem
    contributors. What goes around comes around. So long Nancy. Goodbye Harry. And you Barney, someone needs to keep you away from our Fannie. Come November you are gone, gone, gone. .

    October 23, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. German,IrishAmerican

    Even after it came out that Democrat PAC's have received twice as much from unnamed foreign companies than Republican PAC's, Obama continues his lies to create fear and hate. And the MSM blindly turn their backs and refuse to call him on his blatent lies. Also, the unions have contributed almost $90 million into the Democrat fund for elections this year in the last two months alone. Yet no story from CNN on this. Obama has refused to disclose the source of $100 million in contributions to his 2008 campaign. CNN has no problem with that. George Soros, an admited socialist, and convicted criminal, has been funneling money from his foreign companies for years into the Democratic Party. He was also one of the first outside person to meet with Obama at the White House after he was sworn in. Coincidence? I think not.

    October 23, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. Fedup Voter

    Funny how they seem to forget how Obama got elected! He raised "questionable" money from "unknown" donors. Gotta love this community organizer President and his hypocritical minnions (Pelosi, Reid and the like). Hopefully on November 2nd we cal all breathe a collective sign of relief!!!

    October 24, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. Not fooled

    Where was all of this money from the Republicans when Senator Obama was running for President? It is only now that he is President and "going after them" with regulations and taxes and trying to stop them from sending jobs overseas that all this secret money is pouring in. That means they have something to hide. They really want to continue the status quo and continue with their theft of America.

    October 24, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. Yougottabekiddingme

    "Hello Kettle? This is Pot...

    October 24, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  11. Sydney Australia

    Pelosi is nothing but a lying piece of botox.

    October 24, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  12. Phoenix86

    Obama received millions from foreign donors in his campaign. Pelosi has earned millions as Speaker. Want to investigate questionable funding, start with those two. Want to investigate foreign donations to the AFL-CIO and public employees union?

    Instead, they once again attack business; then wonder why business won't hire anyone while they are in power. We have fools running the government.

    October 24, 2010 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  13. Tom

    Interesting how third party donations are so worrisome for Obama and Co this year....especiially considering all of Soros' money, union money (taken from members and spent at the discretion of union leadership with no input of the rank and file) and add on to that the "contributions" provided by the Japanese and Chinese...ALL for the benefit of Obama, Clinton and the Dems.

    Come on America...time to wake up and demand a through cleaning of all this political party crap.

    October 24, 2010 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  14. petedamato

    The whole thing is stupid give to God what belongs to God give to politics what belongs to politics.the truth is even stupid peace with no freedom based on freedom an no peace blood$$$livebyitdiebyitwepray.

    October 24, 2010 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  15. ufadoof

    Democrats "benefit" just the same.
    2 sides of the same coin.
    Cause that's what it's all about.
    The coin.

    October 24, 2010 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  16. elobogrande

    Politicians should provide their job application, resume, and a link to their voting records. No more campaigning. Get back to work! Why must we pay these snake oil sales persons $200,000+/year to spew out lies about themselves or their opponents?

    October 24, 2010 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  17. Scared Straight

    With an administration known for picking thier own winners & losers, can yo blame anyone for not disclosing? This is a legal process available to all parties including Democrat leaning organization. When will the AFL-CIO publish the list of their members who knowingly contributed to the democratic party....They can't produce an individual diclosure list because they don't ask their members who their political preferences are before they make a $2m donation.

    MAN-up Ms. Polesi and President Obama, Elections have consequences.

    October 24, 2010 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  18. stufthis

    After sending jobs overseas, and making a fortune for doing it, the billionaires and Baggers who make up the GOP will eventually try to Chinese Mandarin the official language of the US.

    October 24, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  19. stufthis

    Businesses in India, China and other foreign countries, have proudly acknowledged that they have sent money to Am. Cham. for the elections. By their own admission they account for over $885,000. Thanks to the efforts of Fox republican bagger party, American is not the official language of workers.

    October 24, 2010 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  20. stufthis

    When giant corporations in the US make billions, and pay no taxes, it is time to stop giving them tax cuts. BofA, CITI, and GE, just ot name a few.

    October 24, 2010 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. daveindenver

    And SEI"U, Moveon.Org, the State County and Municiple Employees Union and all of the various Sorors groups don't fall into this category simply because they are on the Democrats side. What a bunch of Hypocrites. I'm really tired of they're games, time to clean out all of Washington and start over.

    October 24, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  22. Wow!

    "Everything was going great and all of a sudden secret money from God knows where"
    1) Everything was going "great"??? Really??? Perhaps Pelosi should take a few minutes to extract her head out of Obama's lower intestine and look around for a bit. Don't think that "great" would be the word most people use to describe this current situation our fearless leader has gotten us into.
    2) "God knows where"??? What we do know of the Dem's fundraising sources is pretty scary. But are the Republicans to be held accountable by different (more stringent) standards?

    October 24, 2010 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  23. GuyinVA

    Any discussion about the spending of the party in power? No? I didn't think so.

    October 24, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  24. catfishjoe

    My vote is private. It does not matter if I am standing in a private voting booth, or voting with my dollars.

    October 24, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. elobogrande

    My heart soars like the eagle when I see America still has intelligent life forms that will drag themselves to the voting booths and do their duty to save our nation from the mad wing-nuts. It is sad that we must still choose between the lesser of two evils though.

    October 24, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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