Obama’s Super PAC money

Look, the problem of money in politics is much, much bigger than Obama. He didn’t invent this and yeah, it’s disgusting – but not specific to him:

The Obama campaign announced on Monday night that it will launch a new fundraising campaign for unlimited money Super PACs supporting Democrats, concluding that despite the president’s opposition to the Supreme Court decision that sprang them into existence, they can’t afford to avoid them.

With Republican Super PACs, including Karl Rove’s Crossroads, Mitt Romney’s Restore Our Future, and Newt Gingrichs Winning Our Future, raising tens of millions of dollars — one donor alone, Sheldon Adelson, donated more than $10 million to the pro-Gingrich group — the campaign told supporters in an e-mail that they had to act.

“With so much at stake, we can’t allow for two sets of rules in this election whereby the Republican nominee is the beneficiary of unlimited spending and Democrats unilaterally disarm,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote.

“Therefore, the campaign has decided to do what we can, consistent with the law, to support Priorities USA in its effort to counter the weight of the GOP Super PACs. We will do so only in the knowledge and with the expectation that all of its donations will be fully disclosed as required by law to the Federal Election Commission.”

3 thoughts on “Obama’s Super PAC money

  1. What goes on in Washington is the fault of “we the people.” It is not the fault of any president or congressman or congreewoman. Our politicians are corrupt to the bone, one might even say “Bad to the Bone.” And nothing will change unless and until we, as a group, force it to change. Eliminating the 1% by distributing their wealth downward would be a good begining.

  2. Obama has to go the super pac route because his Big Money donors from 2007-08 are now going heavily for Romney. As in better the actual Republican Kleptocratic Oligarch than an ostensible Dem who has to occasionally try to keep Democratic voters satisfied….

    And, of course, it was Obama who decided to eschew public financing. So, there’s that change that he brought, eh?

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