Who Funded the "Public Campaign" Report?

Monday, November 16, 2009
Public Campaign, a DC-based group that attacks political committees and contributors, has just issued a report smearing the Cuban-American community for its political activism on behalf of human rights and democracy for the Cuban people.

Apparently, for this group, only the farm bureaus, business groups and trade associations that want to unconditionally transact business with the Castro regime can participate in the political process. In other words, only those that seek to profit from repression.

Note the irony, Public Campaign is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization that receives large contributions from corporations and foundations -- many of which are created by multi-millionaires to avoid taxes and pursue their ideological agenda.

Meanwhile, political committees are the most highly regulated, transparent entities. They are legally prohibited from receiving corporate money, contribution amounts are capped at $5,000 and are not tax deductible.

In other words, they are grassroots campaigns by definition.

Nonetheless, Public Campaign has the audacity to criticize the Cuban-American community and its political committees -- such as the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC -- for exercising their Constitutional rights?

The only reason they were even able to put this report together is due to the transparency of political committees, and the detailed, thorough reporting required by law, which is public record.

Here are some questions:

Who paid for this report by Public Campaign?

What corporation or foundation that seeks to unilaterally lift sanctions financed it?

Oh, almost forgot, they don't have to report it.

Guess transparency is a one-way street for Public Campaign and their "shadow" donors.