Steele to Dems on Chamber attacks: ‘Put up or shut up!’

Democrats need to produce evidence of their accusations that conservative groups are using foreign funds for election purposes or “shut up” about the issue, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said.

Steele and his counterpart Tim Kaine of the Democratic National Committee engaged in a war of words across TV channels Friday, with the DNC chairman saying on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that there is “quite a bit of evidence” for the charges. The fight over the accusations, which have not been substantiated, reached a new high after President Obama levied the charge at a campaign rally last week.

Steele, interviewed about the issue on Fox News, called the allegations “crazy.”

“I’m tired of Democrats making these accusations,” Steele said. “Put the proof on the table. You’re running your mouth, you’re talking trash. …Put up or shut up!”

Kaine argued that, since the Chamber of Commerce receives money from foreign corporations into its general account, it is plausible that the group uses that money for political purposes. The Chamber counters that it carefully vets donations to ensure they are compliant with campaign finance laws. Democrats want the Chamber to disclose the names of their donors to prove that they are not running afoul of federal guidelines, even though disclosure is not required by law.

When pressed by ABC host George Stephanopoulos on his claim of evidence, Kaine said the fact that the Chamber would not disclose is evidence enough to assume the group is not properly accounting for their foreign donations.

“You have no evidence that they don’t do that,” Stephanopoulos said.

“Well, disclose who the donors are,” Kaine replied. “The American public has a right to know who is funding these ads on television.”

On Thursday, Kaine compared the Chamber’s alleged misdeeds to the Watergate scandal, when President Richard Nixon authorized a secret break-in of Democratic Party headquarters in 1974. Stephanopoulos called it “a stretch.”

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  • carlos2010

    The Progressive and Liberal Democrat agenda in politics is the Politics of Destruction. In a year where Democrats are running away from their voting records and avoiding a national message due to the failed policies of this administration which has resulted in the worst “Economic Recovery” since the Great Depression. Progressive and Liberal Democrats political tactical message is fear, smear, and misdirection. They will attack opponents and their families labeling them extreme and racist all the while avoiding a dialogue of the issues and bogged down debate, but are happy to discuss how you are as racist and have you answer their wild and baseless accusations of stealing democracy because your opponent is benefiting from the same campaign finance laws which Democrats for decades have enjoyed raising millions from corporations, special interest groups, lobbyist, and labor unions. They demonize opponents in order to control and redirect the debate. The mainstream media, who is in the tank for the Progressive and Liberal Democrat agenda, is their bully pulpit. The mainstream media’s utter failure to be an independent balance and check for politicians, Congress and the Executive Branch has become conduit of spreading their fear, smear, and misdirection message. The campaign message the Progressive and Liberal Democrat and this Administration don’t want grass roots America to get in the midterm elections is that Democrats have become the party of “No Jobs.”

  • clw

    Does Kaine even realize that he REEKS of desperation?!

  • sanjay

    Both GOP and Dems are rubber stamp puppets dancing like prostitutes to the tune of marxist establishment.

    It is really shameful how these thugs were allowed to loot american people for over a century with IRS, federal reserve and endless wars.

  • chuck in st paul

    Even some of the LSM are calling ‘shenanigans’ on this. What a crock. Hopefully it is their October Surprise. Pretty lame.

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  • truebearing

    After deep reflection and careful consideration, I am of the conclusion that the Chamber’s refusal to release the donor info is worse than the Holocaust, and as bad as slavery!
    The Democrats complete lack of any evidence, or justification for making the accusation, combined with the Chamber’s unwillingness to plead guilty to any and all accusations is irrefutable proof that they not only did what they are accused of, but also don’t lift the lid when they pee! (the men that is, because the women wouldn’t want to sit…you know what I mean)

    This is an outrage! When George Soros debases an economy, or gets Obama to “loan” billions to companies, lets say in Brazil, that he happens to have hundreds of millions invested in, he doesn’t hide it, all that much, except for the fact his Hedge Fund is based offshore where the U.S. has no jurisdiction…. OK, bad example.

    This is horrible! Obama only refused to disclose tens of millions during the presidential campaign that everyone knows came from….Americans, yes, Americans. Generous Americans, yeah, that’s the ticket. All of his money came from Americans I say.

    This Chamber thing is way worse than Clinton getting money from China in return for technology that had substantial military implications!

    Chambergate was Bush’s idea! And Palin’s too, and O’Donnell was involved. Her and her damn witchcraft! It’s all part of the military-industrial complex plan to help the CIA destroy the earth.

    Jesse Ventura saw Bush parachute out of one of the jets that hit the Twin Towers! Damn Tea Party! They’re all a bunch of racist, homophobe, capitalist pig, denier, xenophobic, colonialist oppressors who hate illegal immigrants.

    I wonder if Gibbs has any more of that killer weed…….

  • llama

    Question, how does Steele know who has contributed to these organizations? Has he seen a list?

  • llama

    Heard the head of the Chamber the other day say that one of the reasons why he didn’t want to release the names was that he was concerned about Boycotts. No comment, but I thought that was an odd thing for him to admit.

    • chuck in st paul

      No llama, I believe what he was referring to was harrassment of the donors, not just boycotting. It’s been done before. The idea is to make it too painful for the donors to consider doing it ever again thus slowing or stopping the money flow to the conservatives and GOP’s. The Dims have done this again and again, usually through their surrogates like ACORN, MoveOn.org, etc.

      • grayzel

        Chuck, it is being done in your state right now as I type. Get your friends together and go buy something at Target this weekend.

        • chuck in st paul

          Ahhh, Bullseye Boutique. We shop there regularly. I did drop an email or three on them when they stopped the Salvation Army from collecting in front of the stores at Christmas, though. That was undoubtedly fostered by the libtards.

    • clw

      Well look at the gays boycotting Target simply because Target made a donation to a candidate who was for the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, just like their idol Obama! People with an agenda will find comsipracies everywhere they look, and will boycott anything.