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Hunt: Super PACs Line Their Coffers for 2012 Battle

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posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 02:10 PM
Hunt: Super PACs Line Their Coffers for 2012 Battle

Mike Toomey, Bill Burton and Edward Conard: Each of these men is a close ally of one of the would-be next presidents of the United States. All three insist they have no involvement in their close associates’ campaigns. That’s because they’re helping direct so-called Super PACs -- Burton for President Barack Obama, Toomey for Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Conard for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. This role enables them to raise virtually unlimited funds from individuals, corporations and labor unions as long as they remain “independent” of the campaigns. What these Super PACs do is to effectively lift the campaign-contribution limits, currently at $2,500 per individual, and allow wealthy interests and individuals to make the huge contributions that were the trademark of the era that ended with the Watergate scandal.

“The idea that these Super PACs are independent from the candidates they’re supporting is absurd,” says Fred Wertheimer, the president of Democracy 21, a Washington-based group that advocates campaign-finance reform and who has brought legal action against these new fundraisers.

Romney Partner
Conard was a fellow managing partner with Romney of the private-equity firm Bain Capital and keeps a close association with the Republican presidential candidate. This year, he set up a shell company and secretly funneled a $1 million contribution to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Romney’s White House run. He was forced to disclose his identity after questions in the media about the origins of that large anonymous donation.

Obama Aide
Burton’s partner is Sean Sweeney, who was a White House political aide in the Obama administration before joining this “independent” group. Coordination doesn’t have to be direct or official to be strategic and helpful. David Plouffe, the top Obama political aide, and other operatives have trained their fire recently on Romney; so has Priorities USA Action. It’s a safe assumption that if there’s a Romney-Obama matchup in the general election, Restore Our Future and Priorities USA Action will be on the airwaves in the battleground states of Colorado, Virginia and Ohio, and not in California or Texas.

Perry’s Backers
This Super PAC has two invaluable assets: It enables rich Texans who’ve long backed Perry to make big contributions, and it eliminates any competitive disadvantage the late-starting candidate might have in taking on rivals who have a larger pool of smaller contributors. If past experience is any guide, look for Make Us Great Again to attack opponents, starting with Romney.

If these Big Money-funded groups end up playing a vital role in the presidential race, it’s a certainty, as Wertheimer frets, that they will surface in most congressional elections the next time. By then, all the checks and balances instituted after Watergate will have been rolled back.

It doesn't seem like the status quo likes to play by the rules. Schemes like this appear to be nothing more than cheating in an effort to circumvent the $2500 contribution limit an individual can donate.

I found the article entertaining to say the least.

Can anyone tell me who doesn't appear to be on this list?

Is there one?

My guess is that someone in particular would be conveniently placed right at the top if the name so applied.

While this is an opinion piece, I think the message is still valid.
edit on 21-8-2011 by lernmore because: added my crazy opinion

posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 03:06 PM
Good Lord our political environment nowadays is just a toxic sludge of corruption.

With the Citizens United decision, the gloves are off. We've always suspected (known) that money rules in Washington. Now it has just become so naked and "in your face".

When will we learn that we need public financing in our elections, and right away?

And so the vast majority of voices in this country continue to become marginalized. Thanks Supreme Court!

posted on Aug, 22 2011 @ 08:53 AM

Originally posted by Hessling
Good Lord our political environment nowadays is just a toxic sludge of corruption.

I absolutely agree.

You'd think issues like this would get a little more attention and have people foaming at the mouth at how low these run of the mill, elected, dirt-bags will stoop for that almighty campaign contribution.

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