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PAT: We played, I think we played this yesterday and maybe late in the show.
It's a new DNC ad. It's from the Democrat Party and they are talking about the
Republicans stealing our democracy through, I guess, contributions from evil
organizations like the Chamber of Commerce.
VOICE: Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, they're Bush cronies. The U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, they're shills for big business.
VOICE: And they're stealing our democracy. Spending millions from secret donors
to elect Republicans to do their bidding in congress. It appears they have even
taken secret foreign money to influence our elections. It's incredible.
Republicans benefitting from secret foreign money. Tell the Bush crowd and the
Chamber of Commerce stop stealing our democracy. The Democratic National
Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.
PAT: Tell them to stop stealing our democracy. I wonder how many people picked
up the phone and made that call: Hey, stop stealing our democracy! How are we
doing that, sir? "By doing stuff that you do! You know what you're doing. I
don't have to explain it... to you."
So anyway, the mainstream media has even heaven. They picked up on this. They
have actually challenged this Chamber of Commerce thing because they all know
this is as desperate as it can get. You are taking on the Chamber of Commerce
now because they are putting some money into this election and then you are
trying to allege that they are getting foreign money. Even Bob Schieffer from
CBS News who had David Axelrod on his show kind of went after him on it. Here's
what severe said to Axelrod.
SCHIEFFER: Now, I want to ask you about that because the New York Times looked
into the Chamber specifically and said the Chamber really isn't putting foreign
money into the campaign.
PAT: Thank you.
SCHIEFFER: That it does charge its
PAT: New York Times says the Chamber of Commerce is not putting foreign money
into the election, yet the Democrats continue to use that.
SCHIEFFER: Aren't affiliates' dues that bring in less than $100,000 a year, a
lot of organizations including labor unions do that. But the Chamber has an
annual budget of $200 million, and it says along with that, it keeps these
foreign dues separate. They do spend heavily in politics, $25 million so far.
They expect to spend $50 million. But this part about foreign money, that
appears to be peanuts, Mr. Axelrod. I mean, do you have any evidence that it's
anything other than peanuts?
AXELROD: Well, do you have any evidence that it's not Bob, the fact is that the
Chamber has a certain fact but they won't release any information about where
PAT: Yeah, he just gave you evidence actually. He just told you New York Times
looked into it. He just cited some evidence.
AXELROD: their campaign money is coming from. And that's at the core of the
problem here. What we've seen in part because of a loophole that the Supreme
Court allowed earlier this year, we now see tens of millions of dollars being
spent by the chamber and a number of organizations, some of which just cropped
PAT: Like unions?
AXELROD: Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove
PAT: AFL CIO.
AXELROD: Tens of millions of dollars from undisclosed
AXELROD: Names like the American Crossroads Fund and they are spending heavily
in all these elections. In one race in Colorado
AXELROD: There are six different organizations running negative ads against a
Democratic senator there, Michael Bennett. No one knows where the money's coming
from. So I guess my question back to you and for your next guest is why not
simply disclose where this money is coming from and then all of these questions
will be answered.
SCHIEFFER: Well, that will certainly be fine with me, but I want to go back to
this thing about the Chamber of Commerce. If they are only taking in $100,000 a
AXELROD: If they are?
SCHIEFFER: But you question that. You say they
AXELROD: Well, I don't know. No one knows, Bob. The point is I can assert
anything I want but you have as a good journalist you ask me, well, how do we
know that's true. Do we have documentation to prove that.
PAT: And he did. Listen to this. Listen to this lame explanation to Bob
Schieffer: And I can make any assertion I want and you'd ask me where I got it.
He just did. He just asked you where you got it. And the response was? How do
you know it isn't that way?
AXELROD: If the chamber opens up its books and says here's where our political
money is coming from, here are the million dollar, $2 million or $3 million
contributions we've gotten from this company or that industry
PAT: And you don't even know they have gotten that.
AXELROD: Then we'll know. But until they do that, all we have is their
SCHIEFFER: Do you I guess I would put it this way. If the only charge three
weeks into the election that the Democrats can make is that somehow this may or
may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?
PAT: Thank you! Thank you! Bob Schieffer, CBS News, posed that question. That's
how bad it's getting for the Democrats. And by the way, unbelievable hypocrisy
from these people. We'll get into that with the contributions. Remember the
shady contributions that Barack Obama received during the campaign? We'll tell
you about that, next.