Obama Points Finger, GOP Denies Using Foreign Funds

GOP counterattacks after Obama targets Chamber funding
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2010 6:08 AM CDT
Obama Points Finger, GOP Denies Using Foreign Funds
"The American people deserve to know who is trying to sway their elections," President Obama said at a rally in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The GOP is rejecting accusations from President Obama and the Democratic National Committee that its allies are using funds from foreign donors to underwrite election campaigns. The White House is urging the Republican-allied US Chamber of Commerce to open its books to prove that foreign money isn't illegally being used to finance political activities, the Washington Post reports. A Chamber spokesman says a Democratic ad accusing the group of "using secret foreign money" is "ridiculous and false."

Karl Rove, one of the main targets of the attack, says the strategy shows that Democrats are desperate. "It is sad to see the president diminish his office by these baseless attacks. Even the truth doesn't restrain him when it comes to assaulting his enemies list," he wrote in an email to Politico. Aides say that the White House plans to continue accusing the Chamber of using foreign money to fund campaign activities. (Read more Karl Rove stories.)

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