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Surprise!

The biggest individual financier of the so-called super PACs that sought to defeat Mr. Obama, Sheldon Adelson, is so invested in the fight over Mr. Hagel that he has reached out directly to Republican Senators to urge them to hold the line against his confirmation, which would be almost impossible to stop against six Republican “yes” votes and a unified Democratic caucus… But it is unclear whether he is directly financing any of the anti-Hagel advertising.

So one of Netanyahu’s point-men in the US is a key opponent of Hagel. Republican fundraiser, Foster Friess, also cites Israel as the core issue against Hagel in the article, although he is skeptical of the impact of big ad buys. So one assumes it’s supporters of the Greater Israel Lobby who are behind the far-right attacks on a Republican nominee. (If LCR wants to prove this isn’t so, and they weren’t bought by outside interests, they have my email address and I’d be delighted to publish the truth). But what of the strangely anonymous left-wing group, “Use Your Mandate”, publishing fliers against Hagel on issues like gays and women? Andrew Kaczinsky investigates:

A new group opposing Chuck Hagel bills itself as a gay-rights organization made up of mostly Democrats — but it has close ties to the Republican Party. The New York Times Times reported that Use Your Mandate uses Del Cielo Media, a prominent Republican firm, to purchase its television advertisements, the same as used by the Emergency Committee for Israel.

He finds elaborate methods used to disguise the source of the fliers.

This is, of course, a free country and people should be free to spend their money as they see fit on political causes, even doomed ones. But there surely has to be some accountability and transparency at some point, especially if one group is portraying itself dishonestly. The point of free speech is in part to express yourself – with your name proudly attached. So why do these neocons refuse to identify themselves? Why are they hiding? What could they conceivably have to hide?

Some thoughts on the “night-flower” strategy here.

(Photo: Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., nominee to be Secretary of Defense, arrives to meet with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty.)