#DNC2012 caught going against “we won’t take corporate donations” pledge

Via Charlotte TV station WSOC-TV:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Democratic Party vowed not to take any corporate donations for this year’s convention in Charlotte, but a special fundraising group is taking corporate dollars for the DNC.
Charlotte’s mayor is the president of the group.

The host committee website makes the claim that it does not accept monetary contributions from corporations, but a nonprofit group called New American City is raking in corporate dollars.

According to the group’s filing with the Federal Elections Commission, the group was created a year ago and listed Anthony Foxx as its president.

Its listed purpose is to welcome attendees with receptions, tours and promotional materials. The filing also states it is charged with paying the salaries of host committee employees.

With a mandate from the party that limits individual contributions and outright bans contributions from corporations, is the DNC breaking its own rules by using money from New American City that has accepted donations from Charlotte companies including Duke Energy and Wells Fargo?

The DNC denies this breaks their pledge in any way, of course, but a local political expert believes differently:

But political expert Michael Bitzer said that’s a distinction that may be lost on voters.

“You made this promise this would be the people’s convention. Now you’re taking money to support auxiliary activities. Where is the difference?” Bitzer asked.

He added that the ban on corporate funding could be a short-lived experiment.

“I think they tied one arm behind their back they really didn’t intend to. And in four years, I think we will see, very quietly, corporations giving money back to the campaigns,” he said.

I should note for the record that there is no such pledge for the RNC2012.

The issue here isn’t that the DNC is doing anything illegal but rather how, once again, the party says one thing to “the people” but behind the scenes does another. And anyone who thinks this is just a “party” thing and not something Barack Obama himself would endorse, DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH. This guy – from day one of campaigning back in 2007/2008 – promised a campaign “for and by the people” and largely persuaded,  in concert with a willing and complicit mainstream media, a majority of voters in America to put him into the White House based on that pledge.  The word games he repeatedly played with terms like “lobbyists” were also a huge  help.  But it was a lie then, as I repeatedly pointed out during the 2008 primary and general election campaign seasons.


The Obama campaign is going to spend a considerable amount of time trying to hit Mitt Romney on his flip flops and double-speaking during the course of the campaign.  If Team Romney brings their A-Game to the general election  – and I pray they do – they’ll creatively hit back suggesting the Obama campaign really doesn’t want to make the focus of the campaign an issue which Obama himself is just as guilty of as Mitt Romney – or perhaps even more so.

Read more about New American City and the conflicts it presents with the “official” DNC2012 pledge at The Charlotte Business Journal, and the Wall Street Journal – which first reported on New American City late last week.

Joe Biden: The gift that keeps on giving – PLUS: Obama’s NC problem

Gotta love this guy:

Vice President Biden said he understood the frustration that led many West Virginia Democrats to vote for a felon over President Obama in the state’s presidential primary.

Asked what he made of a felon sitting in a Texas prison who won four out of 10 Democratic primary voters in West Virginia, Biden told Ohio television station WTOV that he doesn’t blame people who are frustrated and angry over the economy.


Biden said a lot of Americans are still hurting because of the recession the Obama administration inherited.

“And so I don’t blame people. They’re frustrated, they’re angry,” Biden said.

He added that Americans would eventually decide that the path back to employment and prosperity would lead them to Obama’s approach rather than Mitt Romney’s.

Here’s video of the interview:

Maybe Americans in other states will ultimately turn to Barack Obama in November but not West Virginia. I mean, seriously, you’ve got more problems than just the economy when four in ten Democrat voters in a state primary pick a convicted felon over you. And West Virginia isn’t the only state Obama’s having issues with in terms of primary voters, as my co-blogger recently noted. And as far as the general election goes, Obama’s already running into problems in North Carolina – the state he won (and flipped) in 2008 by the smallest margin of those in which he was victorious (14,000 votes). The problems he’s run into here are so glaring as to have some suggest picking Charlotte for the DNC as part of a strategic goal might have been a big mistake for the Obama campaign. Jay Cost writes:

For starters, you win the presidency with 270 electoral votes. If you rank Obama’s 2008 statewide victories from biggest to smallest, and take into account the changes to the Electoral College because of the latest census, North Carolina provided the 344th electoral vote for Obama–meaning, it was just gravy. The state that put him over the top was actually Colorado, and Iowa was a close second in that regard.

So if he was looking to hold a minimum of 270 electoral votes by using 2008 results as his baseline, either of those two states would have been better than North Carolina. In fact, any other state that he won in 2008 would have been better. His margin in North Carolina was just 0.32 percent, smaller than his margin of victory even in Indiana, smaller even than his margin of victory in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.

Worse, putting the convention in Charlotte frustrates multiple clients of the Democratic party. The gay marriage ballot initiative in North Carolina is only one such example, which obviously aggravates high-profile gay donors to Obama-Biden. But also problematic is that North Carolina is a right to work state and the unions are having a hard time swallowing that one.

If polling numbers in this state are any indication of things to come, Obama’s in for another battle in North Carolina come fall. His chances of winning here, as they did in 2008, will rely heavily on black voter turn out. Here in North Carolina, black voter turnout in 2008 was 6% higher than it had been in previous presidential election years. As I’ve said before, if he loses even one or two percent of the black vote that came out for him in 2008 – and he very well could as a result of his “coming out” in support of gay marriage, that will make the battle for NC even tougher for him.

Ultimately, though, people in this state – as they will in all others – will vote based largely on the economy, and privately some Democrat strategists are worried about the polling numbers from independents in several key states who look to be turning towards Romney on the issue of the economy:

One senior North Carolina Democrat, who insisted on anonymity because of involvement in multiple statewide and legislative campaigns, said private polling in a variety of state races shows that white voters and independents are trending toward Republicans in an alarming way.

“The biggest thing Obama has got to overcome here is his problems with white independent voters, those middle-of-the-road voters,” the Democrat said. “If he doesn’t, we are going to get our asses whipped like I have never seen in my 20 years of doing politics.”

The Democrat predicted a “bloodbath” for the party in November if those numbers fail to tighten.

Holding the convention in Charlotte, this person said, might make for an exciting week but will do little to push the state in Obama’s direction: “I’m glad that it’s here for sheer state pride, but is it going to make much difference at Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro?”

As they say, stay tuned ….