Remember those “shadowy groups” the president said were infiltrating our democracy? The political action committees created by the Supreme Court decision liberals love to hate, Citizens United? The ones that can take bottomless contributions from the 1 percent?
Well, Barack Obama’s campaign will use super PACs. CNN reports “that senior campaign and administration officials who participate at fundraising events for the president’s campaign will also appear at events for Priorities USA Action, the PAC supporting Obama.” Naturally, they blame the success of Republican super PACs for this decision, saying they will not “unilaterally disarm.”
Unilaterally disarm? This is a campaign that once talked about raising $1 billion on its own and, failing that, has raised more money than all the Republican candidates combined. At the end of December, Obama had four times as much cash on hand as Mitt Romney. Super PACs are the only thing keeping it even. Now, I don’t object to the president’s supporters having super PACs. But give me a break.