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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 26, 2010 / 18 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Fundraising Prowess 2010

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's a handy way to figure out which party expects to lose big in the next election: If its leaders are complaining about the unfairness of the other side raising buckets of money, that party is in trouble. If party big shots can't help but exaggerate the other side's money advantage, well, whoa, Nelly.

Enter Vice President Joe Biden. Last week, Biden told Bloomberg News, "I was amazed at the amount of money, this $200 billion of money that is -- where there's no accountability. When I say accountability, we don't know where it's coming from. There's no disclosure, so the folks watching the ad can't make a judgment based upon motive when you say it's paid for by so-and-so."

Be it noted, Biden meant to say $200 million. Everybody makes mistakes.

Biden also predicted the Democrats would keep control of the "Senate for certain, and I believe we'll keep control of the House" -- as I said, everybody makes mistakes.

There is, however, something off about Obamaland getting on its high horse over campaign financing. Why, it was only two years ago that then-Sen. Barack Obama reneged on his pledge to campaign within the public-financing system -- and blamed the Republicans for forcing him to do it. It was only two years ago that Obama used his fundraising prowess as evidence of his inevitability to win.

Now, in 2010, Obama and company are reduced to crying poor -- even though the Democrats are out-fundraising the Republicans. As Politico reported, the Democratic National Committee and its House and Senate fundraising branches arms have out-raised the GOP and are spending millions on TV ads.

The Center for Responsive Politics found that conservative independent groups spent $166 million to $71 million for liberal groups, as of Sunday. But we don't know which side will have spent the most by Nov. 2.

White House adviser David Axelrod went after the Chamber of Commerce earlier this month, calling its $75 million campaign "a threat to our democracy." But as the Wall Street Journal reported last week, the public employees union AFSCME is spending $87.5 million on 2010 campaigns.

Apparently, it's not a threat to democracy when government-employee unions -- which prosper under deficit spending -- bankroll Democratic campaigns. But when the chamber strikes back, it's a threat.

Funny, the Obama administration wasn't so threatened when the chamber was ready to cut a deal not to come out early against cap-and-trade legislation.

Republicans have morphed on campaign finance issues as well. For years, the GOP has pushed for fewer campaign-finance laws -- because they don't work -- while arguing that the voters would be served best by laws that mandate donor transparency.

Now, American Crossroads -- of Karl Rove fame -- has a spinoff organization, Crossroad Grassroots Policy Strategies -- or Crossroads GPS -- that does not require donor disclosure. "Everybody is truly afraid that the Obama administration is going to target them," an anonymous potential donor told Politico.

There are few sure things in politics, but the sure things keep getting surer. The side that complains about fundraising is losing. No matter how many campaign finance reforms Washington passes, both parties will find their way around them. When politicians tell you that they want transparency, they really mean it -- until they don't.

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