MEDIA ADVISORY FOR
October 12, 2010
MoveOn Members Expose Corporate Front-Group Ads, Spending in Washington State Elections
New report details corporate front group spending for Rossi in WA
On Tuesday, October 12, MoveOn members will hold a press conference to release a new report detailing the amount of money right-wing corporate front groups are spending in Washington elections in support of Dino Rossi.
The report shows expenditures made by organizations that exist to do the bidding of the corporations that fund them. Since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited secret corporate spending in politics, front groups funded by Big Oil, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and others, have been spending tens of millions of dollars in support of Republican candidates. By using front-groups, corporations can hide their electoral spending.
Just last week, two of the biggest-spending corporate front groups, the Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads GPS, came under fire. It was reported that some of the $75 million the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending this election cycle came from foreign corporations, while the IRS was asked to investigate the legality of the spending of Karl Rove’s group, Crossroads GPS, which already spent $18 million this election cycle.
“Washington voters have a right to know who is spending all this money in support of Rossi, and why,” said Jeff Graham, a local MoveOn member. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring into our state from deceptive front groups set up to hide giant contributions from foreign corporations, Big Oil, financial institutions and other corporate interests. The effects on our democracy are devastating. It’s impossible for ordinary voters here to make informed choices or have our voices heard, and with corporate CEOs and lobbyists shelling out big money to buy misleading ads in support of Rossi, he’s going to owe them. Who’s going to represent ordinary families in Washington then?
WHAT: Report release on corporate front-group spending
WHO: MoveOn members
WHERE: Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1301 5th Ave
WHEN: Noon, Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
***VISUALS: Signs/crowd ****
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