Dems take in twice as much âforeignâ money as Republicans POSTED AT 8:48 AM ON OCTOBER 18, 2010 BY ED MORRISSEY Over the weekend, some Democrats began questioning the White House strategy of demonizing third-party groups for potentially using foreign-raised money in political messaging. Now we know why. Apparently, the shrieking over foreign influence was yet another case of projection: This isnât illegal. The money comes from American employees of the foreign corporations. But the companies control the PACs, and their contributions to political parties and campaigns âis about as close as you can getâ to foreign-based money flowing into campaigns, as the Center for Responsive Politics notes. Those who got held out as examples by Democrats of potential agents of foreign influence arenât shy about pointing out the obvious, either: Thatâs not exactly news, either. For those legitimately concerned over foreign influence on elections, the problem exists in this structure that allows companies outside the US to create and control PACs that can contribute to American political campaigns. The fact that they raise the money from Americans does not negate the fact that the companies control the PACs and use the leverage for their own campaigning efforts. In fact, this is worse than the hypothetical (which the White House and Democrats turned into an explicit allegation without any proof whatsoever) of American PACs controlled by American citizens raising funds overseas and using them in political campaigns. Perhaps the White House didnât want to focus on the real problem and decided to use a fake problem for misdirection.