President Obama under fire for flip-flopping on fundraising
Watchdog groups sound the alarm
- Duration 5:37
- Date Feb 19, 2013
Watchdog groups sound the alarm
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President Obama coming under fire for alleged hypocrisy today.
As his former campaign apparatus which is a tax exempt group.
Now plans to raise unlimited funds from corporate and other donors.
To help push the president's agenda.
Some of the president's former supporters say this is a serious scandal.
And is now Dave bossy he's president and CEO of Citizens United.
And Citizens United foundation S Citizens United our viewers may be sitting here thinking that sounds familiar YSS house so familiar.
And it could be -- because this is a case the president hates -- -- case that.
You were involved in that your group Citizens United and win all at the Supreme Court in 2010 and it was a question about whether corporations could.
All huge amounts of donations -- presidential politics.
Or edit or whether they couldn't.
That's very over oversimplified but the president.
Lost on that and they ruling was that corporations and unions for that matter.
Could make these big donations here's the president 2010 railing on that decision that you want.
Last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law.
That I believe will open the floodgates.
For special interests including foreign corporation.
Spend without limit in -- I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's.
Most powerful engines.
Or worse by foreign entities.
They should be decided by the American people.
And -- -- Democrats and Republicans.
To pass the bill that helps correct.
Some of these problems.
And as recently as this past summer he was pushing for a constitutional amendment.
To overturn Citizens United and what a difference a few months -- or few years make David because now.
We find out that his former campaign apparatus Jim Messina.
All the guys that helped him get elected are now in this tax again -- -- group and they are saying unlimited donations from corporations welcome.
Hear more the more the better bring it.
Your thought what.
Whoa whoa what a difference an election makes look he won in 2000 and -- in him back in 2008.
Actually in 2007 he said he would accept public financing he did not.
He realize that he could out raise and spend John McCain in 2008.
And so he went back on his word there.
He took corporate money into his inaugural committee he's -- to look I don't care that he.
Has flipped his campaign into a C -- -- gonna do.
Political operations to help -- agenda.
But let's be honest about it.
Instead he's a hypocrite now is left wing.
You know allies who have been.
They're very supportive of him over the last several years are now coming out to say.
Well he really shouldn't do this but the hypocrisy is so thick it's it's dripping it's it's kind of entertaining from my seat.
Now the two things are a little different because the Citizens United was about whether you could spend money on elections and a candidate great.
And that -- this and this group.
Is going to take money to push an agenda to push policies which there is a difference in that legally but.
This group of certainly but certainly when you you you refer to as a -- -- that's not that's a tax exempt organization there's.
There's there already some Republican lawmakers are saying all right if you gonna take unlimited corporate donations into a tax exempt entity.
That exists solely to push the president's agenda.
Shouldn't we be honest and say that -- -- organization is really about pushing politics.
And not -- get tax exempt status -- Well let me just say this -- the Citizens United.
Is a C for Citizens United is a nonprofit corporation that does.
Political activities all across the board and has for 25 years.
The Heritage Foundation has a C four groups on the left have -- -- and -- and it's been that way forever.
The only difference here is that the campaign committee the actual campaign is now flipping to become a -- four so that's -- politicians are gonna grab onto it.
I urge all the politicians on both sides to slowdown and think about what they're doing because.
-- whenever they rush into something they tend to make bad policy.
Well the president says he's going to disclose the donors of this group so we're gonna know what they are.
So if there's any.
You know pay back -- the corporation makes a big donation into this tax exempt group.
And then David plus.
And that was the other one Jim -- go off and argue on behalf of that organization's cause that corporations cause and President Obama.
Does something that -- -- that corporation.
That -- well because he's gonna disclose the donors.
Well that well I think we will whether they have any direct relation to what Jim Messina is don't look I don't wanna -- march these guys either because they haven't done anything wrong.
What I want to say is that.
President Obama as a -- -- because he has said.
For years many many years that he would not do this and now he is that is really the issue this guy will do and say.
Anything to get elected and -- -- will do and say anything it's necessary to get his left wing.
Radical agenda passed and that if that takes raising hundreds of millions of dollars.
Through this new machine for he's gonna do -- because he knows it helps his legacy and it helps his legislative agenda that's what this is all about.
And it's interesting to hear some of his that his that the groups on the left -- this.
Huge potential for government corruption.
Scanned all they wanted to reverse himself so we shall see -- thanks for being here.
Thanks for having.