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ABC's Jake Tapper quizzes Axelrod on DNC ad

Give ABC's Jake Tapper credit, he is again challenging the White House for its partisan, attack dog excesses.

By now everyone has seen the ad from the Democratic National Committee alleging that the Chamber of Commerce is using "foreign money" to "steal our democracy" in buying elections. The ad is reprehensible. Read my Sunday night post here comparing its core tactic to the attacks of Sen. Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. The DNC charge is made with no evidence.

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On his Sunday morning TV show, CBS newsman Bob Schieffer asked senior White House aide David Axelrod if the DNC had any proof, and Axelrod said they didn't need proof -- it was up to the chamber to provide proof of its innocence.

Guilty until you can prove your innocence no matter how outageous the charges. And President Obama was on the campaign trail Sunday with the same attack -- creating an echo chamber.

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So, now comes Tapper on Monday and here is his focused questioning of Axelrod. Remember Tapper is one of the few network reporters who asked the White House tough questions last fall about the war Team Obama was then waging on Fox News.

TAPPER: So the chamber says no foreign money is paying for any of their political activities.

AXELROD: And I guess my answer to the Chamber is just disclose where your money is coming from and that will end all the questions. The fact is they are spending $75 million in this campaign and they will not disclose where one dime is coming from. And that's the problem with all of these organizations. We have tens of millions of special interest money coming into these campaigns and no record of where its coming from and that should be a concern to every voter in this country.

TAPPER: Their answer would be why should they disclose. No one's disclosing.

 AXELROD: Right and they have a point there. We tried to pass a law in the Congress -- every Democrat in the Senate voted for it, every Republican in the Senate voted against it -- that said everyone has to disclose. That all these organizations would have to disclose where their money is coming from whether they are supporting Democratic candidates or Republican candidates. The Republicans blocked that bill and the question to them and their allies is: what are they hiding that they don't want the American people to see?

 TAPPER: But you're asking the Chamber to prove a negative. "Prove that you're not doing such and such accusation."

 AXELROD: It's not proving a negative, Jake, because all you have to do to clear up the questions is reveal who your donors are from. The question back to them is why don't they want to reveal where their money is coming from? I think the answer is, I think if the American people knew where their money was coming from they'd be a lot less apt to listen to the advertising, to read the mail, to respond to the kind of negative campaigns that the Chamber and some of these other organizations are underwriting.

To see and read more of the interview, click here.

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