Ten Democrats Getting Chamber of Commerce's Help, and Happy to Have It

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In some corners of Democratic politics the uproar coming from senior party officials about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is paying for its massive 2010 election advertising campaign is falling on deaf ears.

That's because the Chamber, which has already spent millions on ads boosting Republican Congressional candidates across the country, has also thrown its support behind 10 business-friendly Democrats. In districts from Utah to Virginia, the Chamber has gone on the air with television ads for these candidates and they don't seem to be complaining.

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In Georgia's 8th Congressional District the Chamber recently sponsored an issue ad supportive of Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall, who is battling former Republican state legislator Austin Scott for a fifth term in the House.

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"We're very thankful to have the Chamber's support," Marshall's spokesman Doug Moore said in an interview with ABC News. "We were glad to wake up one morning and have someone supporting us and not attacking us."

Besides Marshall, the Chamber of Commerce is running issue ads on behalf of Democratic Congressional candidates Frank Kratovil in Maryland, Glenn Nye in Virginia, Travis Childers in Mississippi, Bobby Bright in Alabama, Walt Minnick in Idaho, Mike Ross in Arkansas, Jim Matheson in Utah, John Barrow in Georgia and Dan Boren in Oklahoma, according to Federal Election Commission reports and the watchdog group, Campaign Money Watch.

Like the nine other House Democrats the Chamber has put its money behind this year, Marshall voted against the health care reform bill -- a position that the business group highlights in its 30-second spot.

"When seniors look to Washington today, they wonder who will protect them," an announcer says. "With Congress cutting $500 billion from Medicare to pay for their big government health care bill, it's good to know Jim Marshall voted 'no,' telling Washington he's not going to stand for government as the solution."

Moore called the Chamber's help "significant" to the campaign and said he was "not worried about the broader discussion between the president, the vice president and the Chamber."

That "discussion" has turned into an all-out war being waged by top Democrats who are raising questions about whether the Chamber is funding its electioneering efforts with foreign money. Democrats have called on the group -- and other third-party organizations that are investing heavily in the 2010 cycle -- to disclose their donor lists.

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The Chamber has repeatedly denied that any foreign funds are being used for its political activities.

"We are seeing an attempt to demonize specific groups and distract Americans from a failed economic agenda," Bruce Josten, the Chamber's executive vice president of government affairs said in a statement. "The Chamber will stay focused on representing and advocating our agenda of economic growth and speaking out against policies that are counter to those objectives."

The pushback has not stopped prominent Democrats, like Vice President Joe Biden, from keeping the issue front and center.

"Republicans used to be for transparency," the vice president told ABC News' Terry Moran on Tuesday.

"I'm not taking their word for it," Biden said of the Chamber's assertion that foreign money was not paying for political advertising.

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