Axelrod to US Chamber: What Are You Hiding That You Don’t Want the American People to See?

Jake Tapper |

AXELROD: Well what this is about, when this is done we’re going to see hundreds of millions of dollars spent by organizations who don’t disclose the source of that money. And that means any interest group can write a million dollar check, a ten million dollar check, to try to defeat a candidate, in order to push their agenda in the Congress and no one will ever know exactly what their involvement was. And that is not just a threat to Democrats, that is a threat to democracy.

TAPPER: And that’s what you guys are worried about here? Some group going to a member of Congress –

AXELROD: It is a insidious, dangerous thing when people can contribute huge sums of money to run negative ads in campaigns and never confess or allow to their participation. It opens the door to all kinds of chicanery. And when the next Congress meets if there are people who are standing there who are beneficiaries of their campaigns, you’ll know in whose interest they are going to act.

TAPPER: But what do you say to people who argue you are demonizing an organization for a charge that nobody knows if it’s true or not?

AXELROD: Well I’m not demonizing the Chamber of Commerce. I’m simply suggesting to them that they disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns and put to rest, put to rest the questions that have been, that have been raised.

TAPPER: Isn’t that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?

AXELROD: The president’s birth certificate has been available to people.

TAPPER: The long form?

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