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Democrat/Soros Front Attacks Bush Legacy

From those Bush lovers at the Associated Press:

An earlier example of AUC’s subtle agit-prop.

Liberal Group Plans Yearlong Anti-Bush Campaign With Goal to Deny Positive Legacy

Thursday, January 24, 2008

WASHINGTON —  A liberal advocacy group plans to spend $8.5 million in a drive to make sure President Bush’s public approval doesn’t improve as his days in the White House come to an end.

Americans United for Change plans to undertake a yearlong campaign, spending the bulk of the money on advertising, to keep public attention on what the group says are the failures of the Bush administration, including the war in Iraq, the response to Hurricane Katrina, and the current mortgage crisis

The group is a nonprofit corporation that made a splash by airing ads against Bush’s plans to overhaul Social Security in 2005. The group has conducted polls and focus groups and is now raising money for their anti-Bush effort. It gave a Power Point presentation to representatives of about 30 liberal and labor organizations last week.

It plans to announce the campaign at a press conference Thursday afternoon during a forum featuring liberal critics of the administration. It also aims to air its first ad in advance of Bush’s State of the Union speech on Monday.

Woodhouse said one goal is to make sure Bush does not enjoy a resurgence in public approval toward the end of his presidency that could help Republican congressional candidates and the Republican presidential nominee in this year’s elections.

“Framing his legacy helps us in the ’08 elections, there is no doubt about that,” Woodhouse said. “But our principal mission would be defining the failures of Bush and the ideology he represents.” …

Looking to test Bush support within the GOP, Americans United is distributing “I am a Bush Republican” buttons to Republican members of Congress before the State of the Union address. Woodhouse also plans to unveil a bus that will travel the country carrying an exhibit that portrays Bush’s tenure in office — mementos from Iraq and flood ravaged New Orleans as well as symbols of the economic downturn…

Americans United is a 501(c)4 organization under Internal Revenue Service regulations. That means it can raise money in unlimited amounts and because its target is Bush, not a candidate for federal office, it is not governed by the Federal Election Commission.

Interestingly, the Associated Press can’t be bothered to tell us that the so–called Americans United For Change is just another front for the Democrat party.

A fact the AP should know very well. For this is how they reported on Americans United For Change exactly two years ago to the day:

Organization to Promote Democratic Agenda

January 24, 2006

An organization with strong backing from the top Democrats in Congress intends to launch a costly election-year campaign to promote issues on the party’s agenda, officials said Tuesday, beginning with a television commercial arguing it’s “time for a change” after a season of political corruption.

Americans United “will use all the campaign-style tactics which characterize political campaigns,” ranging from paid advertising to grassroots organizing, according to a memo describing the group’s plans.

A predecessor group, Americans United to Protect Social Security, was instrumental in defeating legislation President Bush proposed a year ago to remake the program that provides retirement benefits to millions.
A formal announcement was scheduled for Wednesday.

Officials said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California met with potential donors in Los Angeles earlier this month, underscoring their personal interest in the group’s efforts.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union has agreed to donate $500,000, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. In a statement, the union president Gerald McEntee said the new group “will advocate real health care reform, honest government, access to a high-quality education, good jobs and a secure retirement for all.”

“Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi are very supportive of efforts to advance progressive issues, much like the Republicans have done for years with conservative causes through such groups as Progress For America,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid

Americans United seeks to shape public opinion on issues such as health care, homeland security and education rather than advocate for the election or defeat of specific candidates in the November elections. As a result, it is permitted to accept donations of unlimited size from donors, and is not required to disclose the names of its contributors.

It is headed by Karen Olick, a former chief of staff to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and will rely on several other Democrats with long experience in political campaigns.

Brad Woodhouse, a spokesman, said the new group hopes to employ the tactics of the predecessor organization that helped block Bush’s Social Security plan…

This time, according to the memo, the renamed group “will take the offense in a number of issue areas.” The first will involve “corruption and honest leadership,” emphasizing that the group plans to dovetail its efforts with those of Reid, Pelosi and other Democrats in Congress seeking to gain a majority in the elections in November.

The ad calls for passage of legislation that the Democratic leadership unveiled with fanfare last week, part of a competition between the parties to claim the mantle of reform since lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

The Democratic legislation calls for a ban on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers as well as other steps to curtail the influence of special interests in Congress. The ad broadens the attack to the White House, saying Bush has given away “billions (of dollars) to the drug companies,” an apparent reference to Medicare prescription drug legislation.

“Time for a change,” the ad says. “To stop the abuse of power,” adds the announcer as Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney appear on the screen.

Woodhouse said the group hopes to spend $1 million on the ad.

And, lest we forget, Americans United For Change was a major player in the so-called Americans Against Escalation group that George Soros hired to harass “pro-war” Congressmen 24/7 during their summer recess last August.

Again, a detail that the AP didn’t think worthy of mentioning.

Still, this campaign to disparage Mr. Bush’s legacy seems a bit redundant, doesn’t it? What with our watchdog media already on the job.

But apparently the DNC and their dues-rich labor stooges have money to burn.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 24th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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