Democrats take aim at 'America Speaks Out'

May 28, 2010 at 6:17 PM

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The Democratic National Committee has submitted a proposal to the Republican "YouCut" program -- eliminating the "America Speaking Out" Web site.

The DNC charges that "America Speaking Out" is a partisan Republican initiative funded with taxpayer money, The Hill reported. "YouCut," announced this week by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., takes suggestions by e-mail or online on cutting federal programs.

"If YouCut is a sincere effort to protect taxpayer dollars and not just another Republican PR gimmick, we can think of no better way than to support the de-funding of 'America Speaking Out,' which not only runs afoul of ethics rules by using taxpayer money for partisan political purposes, but whose stated purpose of providing a legislative governing platform is proven a farce by the fact that it will only be produced a few weeks before the end of [a] two-year legislative term," Hari Sevugan, a committee spokesman, said.

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for "America Speaking Out," fired back: "It's really remarkable how afraid Democrats are of giving the American people a bigger voice in how Washington works."

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