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Obama Says Chamber of Commerce Influencing Elections With Funds

Photo Courtesy - US Chamber of Commerce(WASHINGTON) -- On Thursday, President Obama joined the gang of Democrats and liberal groups alleging the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is using foreign funds to influence American elections.

Referring to a study by the liberal group ThinkProgress that notes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has some funding sources abroad, including foreign corporations and American Chambers of Commerce around the world, Obama said, “just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for these ads regularly takes in money from foreign corporations.”

The president then added, “groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections, and they won’t tell you where the money for their ads come from.”

Chamber officials say money coming from foreign donors cannot be used for political activity under the 1907 Tillman Act, and that the charge is false.

Tita Freeman, vice president of communications at the chamber, said “this coordinated effort is a desperate attempt to silence those who support free enterprise and a diversion from their lack of progress on job creation.”

The chamber is planning on spending more than $75 million to help Republican candidates they perceives as business friendly.

ThinkProgress says the chamber “funds its political attack campaign out of its general account, which solicits foreign funding. And while the chamber will likely assert it has internal controls, foreign money is fungible, permitting the chamber to run its unprecedented attack campaign. According to legal experts consulted by ThinkProgress, the chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections.”

Chamber of Commerce director of media relations J.P. Fielder says that money from the AmChams and foreign corporations go to the general fund and then the international division so it is kept away from any political activities.

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Republican Governor Predicts Obama Win in 2012 

Photo Courtesy - State of California(HAMBURG, Germany) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says that President Obama will win reelection in 2012.

Schwarzenegger told German magazine Der Spiegel that the president’s chances of winning a second term will be enhanced if the GOP regains control of the House after the November elections.

Rubbing salt deeper into Republican wounds, the former Hollywood action star also doesn’t believe the GOP has a viable candidate at this time who can defeat Obama.

In the past, Schwarzenegger has made no secret of his desire to run for the White House.  Since he was born in a foreign country -- in his case, Austria -- the Constitution prohibits him from seeking the presidency.

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Sr. Admin. Official: Emanuel Might Exit Before Mid-terms

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- “It would not surprise me,” a senior administration official tells ABC News, if White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel left the White House before the mid-term elections to run for mayor of Chicago. That official and others say the timing of the mayor’s race makes it problematic for Emanuel to wait until November. If he did wait, “he’d have a short runway,” the official said. “He’d have less than three weeks to get all the signatures he needs, and to put together a campaign.” Candidates need 12,500 signatures by Nov. 22 to qualify for a Feb. 22 Democratic primary. “Once he’s made up his mind and he says ‘I’m running,’ he can’t come back and be chief of staff,” the official said. Possible replacements include senior adviser Pete Rouse, Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Vice President Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain and White House counsel Bob Bauer.

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