Follow The Money: Mark Kirk And His Foreign Friends

Over at my home blog,, Mike Lux had a great piece last week on what he called "The most important political story of the year"- that being the blockbuster Think Progress report on how the Chamber of Commerce is raising money from foreign corporations and using it to run ads against Democratic candidates. He wrote:

Every single Democrat should be running ads based on this story. The Republicans have blocked any action to keep this foreign corporate money out of our elections, and if we allow this to stand we will be so awash in foreign money in our elections that we will never get our democracy back. Check this story out, and tell every Democrat you know: make this an issue. This is a very big deal, and Republicans should be made to answer why they are okay with foreign corporations being allowed to do attack ads in our elections.

Hot off the video presses, MoveOn answers that call in Illinois:

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Echoes of Watergate, anyone?

The best part about this that makes the ad even more effective is that Alexi Giannoulias refuses to take contributions from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists.

Giannoulias and Kirk were on Meet the Press yesterday morning and Nicole Belle grabbed a great clip on Kirk's supposed fiscal conservatism:

The end of that clip was left off, where Giannoulias finished:

The question is, for the Congressman, the $700 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, we don't have $700 billion. So my question to the congressman is, which country do you plan on borrowing $700 billion from? The Saudis, China? We, we can't afford it.

Hey, since foreign corporations are doing, maybe the Saudis and Chinese should think about contributing to the Chamber so Mark Kirk can vote for more tax cuts for the wealthiest among us, paid for by his friends overseas.


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