AirTalk for October 12, 2010

Is foreign money influencing U.S. elections?

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Democrats have gone on the offensive in the lead up to November, alleging that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has funneled foreign money into campaign contributions in order to influence election results. The Chamber does accept some money from abroad, but opinions from the Federal Election Commission say that’s acceptable, so long as they have “a reasonable accounting method” to keep foreign money out of political donations. Do you believe that foreign companies and government are meddling in the electoral process? Or has the Dems’ rhetoric gotten out of hand?

Guest:

Tom Hamburger, staff writer at the Tribune Washington Bureau, covering national politics for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune


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