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The Obama White House is targeting Republicans with a Nixon-style “enemies list” by using a “truth squad” that releases inaccurate information about donors to presumptive GOP Presidential nominee.
The practice has many prominent Democrats concerned that the Obama campaign — as it is doing with the attacks on Romney’s record while head of Bain Capital — is going too far in an all-out effort to win re-election in November.
“The Obama campaign appears to have taken a page from Nixon’s reelection campaign playbook,” says prominent Democratic pollster Doug Schoen. “They are now mounting attacks on private individuals.”
The Obama “Truth Team” blames GOP donor Thomas O’Malley’s refinery company for helping to “drive gas prices up this year by curtailing gas production.” But the facts are the exact opposite. The Energy Information Administration credits PBF Energy for preventing a price spike in the Northeast this year by opening a refinery in Delaware — partially offsetting the loss of production from two other Philadelphia-area refineries that have closed.
The “truth team” also claimed that one event — a March fire at the company’s Delaware refinery — “directly contributed to a spike in gas prices.” But that fire was under control in about an hour and had a “minimal impact” on production — despite published speculation that it might hurt production and affect gasoline prices.
FactCheck characterizes tactics by the “truth team” as “bogus claims” and adds that “the Obama campaign got it wrong.”
But Obama is not backing down on his scorched earth policy even as pressure from within his own party mounts.
Democrat Schoen calls Obama’s truth team a “misuse of government power.”
Writing for Forbes.Com, Schoen says the White House, in pure Nixononian fashion, is marshaling all of its resources against private citizens.
Among those targeted was Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot – a Romney donor who has contributed $1 million to the Romney campaign – who was smeared as being a “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”
VanderSloot has since been subjected to what Kimberly Strassel refers to as “slimy trolling into a citizen’s private life.”
The misuse of government power to vilify private donors is not only bad politics, but it also diminishes the prestige of the Oval Office and damages our social consensus.
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