Attacks by President Obama and Democrats backfiring?

Less than three weeks from the election and instead of focusing on the issues President Obama and the Democrats we have questioning of the funding sources of Republican-leaning groups.

President Barack Obama is stepping up criticism of tax-exempt Republican-leaning groups using undisclosed donations to fund “attack ads” less than a month before congressional elections, a complaint his opponents call baseless.

“It could be the oil industry” funding the ads, Obama told a Democratic rally yesterday in Philadelphia. “It could be the insurance industry, it could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose.”

Democrats have spent weeks rebuking pro-Republican outside groups that are flooding the airwaves with tens of millions of dollars worth of ads before the Nov. 2 midterm elections. A new ad from the Democratic National Committee says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may be taking “secret foreign money to influence our elections,” a charge the business group denies. (Source: Business Week)

It’s a strategy that apparently is backfiring.  Likely due to a recognition by the voters that it is a misdirection and diversion tactic away from the serious issues.

“The president, by attacking American Crossroads, has helped drive people to our website and has helped to raise the amount of money that we received,” Rove said Wednesday on Fox News.

Rove said donations to the American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS have spiked in the week since Obama stepped up his assault on the outside groups that are airing attack ads, but aren’t required to disclose their donors. “And that $13.3 million that we’ve received since he began these attacks is going to allow us to help broaden the playing field,” he added.

Officials at the Crossroads groups, formed earlier this year with the help of Rove and Gillespie, initially said they intended to raise anywhere from $50 million to $60 million. But on Wednesday, a spokesman announced that with the $13.3 million raised the last week, the groups had pulled in $56 million since their creation, and were setting a new goal of $65 million. (Source: Politico)

Or maybe it has to do with the sheer hypocrisy of the Democrats on this issue.

Obama likes to pretend he’s running against greedy financial-industry millionaires, but look down the list of top donors in September, and you’ll see partners and managers of hedge funds and private equity firms like Grosvenor Capital Management, Saturn Asset Management, and Chicago’s Delaware Street Capital all giving the DNC the maximum. Other hedge-fund donors who give the max come from Bain Capital and the Tudor Investment Corporation.

Obama famously rejects lobbyist cash, but he defines lobbyist pretty narrowly — only currently registered federal lobbyists are banned. That means state lobbyists are allowed to make donations, as are lobbyists who choose not to register, as well as lobbyists’ wives.

First, Barack Obama knows about outside spending by special interests: In 2008, the Service Employees International Union spent $27 million in independent expenditures to help Obama, while the United Auto Workers shelled out $4.9 million.

And this election, outside groups are spending big to save the Democratic majority, too. Jon Ward at the Daily Caller reported that three big labor unions will spend about $145 million to help Democrats this year, while EMILY’s List and MoveOn.org plan to spend about $75 million.

Those expenditures bring pro-Democratic outside spending within striking distance of pro-Republican outside spending. Throw in the edge the official Democratic committees enjoy over the GOP committees, and you’ve got parity. (Source: Washington Examiner)

Whatever the reason it shows just how desperate the Democrats and their fearless leader President Barack Hussein Obama as a result of their actions the last 20 months.

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