The White House and the Democrats have got to be freaking out right now. In a desperate display of gutter politics just three weeks before the November mid-terms, they’ve launched an all out assault on one of America’s oldest and largest associations of job creators, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately for the White House and its allies, the Chamber has very simply and adroitly given them a smack down…hard!

Here’s the back story:

The Obama administration and its allies are going all out against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and GOP-leaning groups, accusing them of using foreign money to help finance political ads. Trouble is, they’re providing no evidence.

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And in Pennsylvania, Vice President Joe Biden kept up the attack on the chamber and other groups that are spending millions of dollars in political ads against Democrats without having to reveal their contributors.

“I challenge the Chamber of Commerce to tell us how much of the money they’re investing is from foreign sources,” Biden said during a fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Chris Carney in Scranton. “I challenge them, if I’m wrong I will stand corrected. But show me, show me.”

So, the Chamber answered Joey “BFD” Biden’s challenge:

On Monday night, Tom Collamore,  the Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategy responded to Biden on the Chamber’s blog:

While campaigning in Scranton, Pennsylvania today — according to the Politico — Vice President Joe Biden said in talking about our campaign contributions:

“I challenge the Chamber of Commerce 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.”

We accept the Vice President’s challenge here and now, and are happy to provide our answer:

Zero. As in, “Not a single cent.”

We hope this clears it up, and hope the Vice President keeps his word and stands corrected.

Given the gutter-level of the DNC’s mud-slinging ad, which the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik describes as “the politics of fear, slander and divisiveness,” the U.S. Chamber’s response to Joe “BFD” Biden” was probably more polite than need be.

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