Wednesday, October 8, 2014

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spends $250K On Jeb Bush For McSally Spanish Language Ad (#50ShadesOfDarkMoney)

Update, 4:45pm: The U.S. Chamber just uploaded an English language version of Bush's spot for Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner. It is very likely that it will do the same for the Bush-for-McSally ad. (Which makes much more sense than $250,000 worth of airtime and online time for a Spanish-only campaign.)

Yesterday, Arizona's Politics reported on the Spanish language ad by Jeb Bush to support Martha McSally in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District toss-up battle. Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce disclosed that it is spending $250,000 distributing the ad on TV and online.

The ad can be found here. The FEC report was filed this  afternoon, and brings the Chamber's total expenditure opposing Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) to just over $600,000.

#50ShadesOfDarkMoney Scale

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c )(6) trade association that religiously does not disclose donors.  It has had trouble in the past because it accepts monies from foreign entities, and  has had to provide assurances that it does not  allow such monies to  enter the money stream that it devotes to political spending in the U.S.  The grants to the U.S. Chamber that have been disclosed in the grantors' IRS filings are often from non-disclosing entities themselves.  Thus, the U.S. CoC gets a #50ShadesOfDarkMoney scale of 50, or as dark as they come.

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