Ask Dan Lungren: Do You Stand For Transparency or Karl Rove
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2010
Contact: Lucinda Guinn
ASK DAN LUNGREN: DO YOU STAND FOR TRANSPARENCY OR KARL ROVE?
ELK GROVE, CA -- Last week, Karl Rove's billionaire slush fund, American Crossroads, placed a $690,000 television buy to bail out their best investment: Dan Lungren. No surprise, since Lungren paved the way for Karl Rove's money laundering scheme by opposing transparency in campaign finance reporting.
Dan Lungren voted against the DISCLOSE Act to require transparency in corporate campaign spending, and applauded the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision on the floor of the House. Even worse, Lungren has taken $15,000 from Citizens United, and even appeared in an incendiary Citizens United film alongside Ann Coulter.
The Citizens United decision overturned decades of campaign finance law, allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign activities. The decision also paved the way for Rove's organization, American Crossroads, to launder money from Big Oil billionaires, who are actively seeking the anonymity provided by new independent groups in the post-Citizens United world.
In a staggering display of hypocrisy, Lungren recently suggested he supported greater reporting requirements on individual donations.
"Big Oil billionaires are laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars through Karl Rove's shadowy front group in order to save their best investment -- Dan Lungren," said Lucinda Guinn, Bera for Congress campaign manager. "Dan Lungren says he supports campaign transparency -- now he has a choice: denounce Rove and the shadowy billionaires, or continue to protect limitless undisclosed contributions from corporations who are polluting our democracy."