VP Biden Blasts “Karl Rove and His Friends” for “Shady Sources” of Fundraising for Midterm Elections

By Jaketapper

Oct 11, 2010 4:08pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: Today Vice President Biden joined President Obama in blasting outside interest groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, for their “shady sources” of fundraising which has resulted in the massive amounts of money they are spending for the midterm elections. At a fundraiser for Rep. Chris Carney in his boyhood hometown of Scranton, PA, Biden railed against special interest groups for raising tens of millions of dollars from “shady sources – shady in the sense that we don’t know where the money is coming from.” “For the first time in modern American history, they don't have to tell us,” he said, according to the pool report, referring to the Supreme Court decision that allows outside interest groups to solicit unlimited corporate money without having to publicly declare its donors. Biden pinned the blame on the US Chamber of Commerce and “Karl Rove and his friends,” and said that the Republican strategist has a “stable of billionaires, literally, and millionaires,” pouring money into congressional campaigns. The vice president challenged Rove and the Chamber to “tell us how much of the money they’re investing is from foreign sources.” "I challenge them, if I'm wrong I will stand corrected,” he said. “But show me, show me. Folks
they're trying to buy this election to go back to exactly what they did before.” Biden said that big corporations, from the insurance and oil industries, are “feeling threatened by what we're doing.”  ”Does it surprise you where this money is coming from?” he asked. After the event for Carney, Biden dropped by his boyhood home, where he lived until he moved to Delaware when he was 10 years old. He dropped by during the 2008 presidential campaign, just after he was named to the Obama ticket, and wrote "I Am Home, Joe  Biden, 9*1*08″ on the wall of a third-floor bedroom.  "It's just so great be home," the vice president told reporters today. "You know when you leave Scranton, it doesn't leave your heart. And I mean for real, nothing but good memories here … Now if any of the guys I grew up with tell you I jumped out of that tree on top of the trolley, don't believe them." Biden dropped by Hank’s Hoagies, where he ordered an Italian hoagie with no mayonnaise, and a Hank's Root Beer (not named after the sandwich shop). He also indulged in some local flavor – two Tastykake Creme-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes for dessert. "Tastykakes are even bigger where I live," he said of southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. "They're out of Philadelphia … Don't tell Jill I ate this." –Karen Travers

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