MSNBC commentator Paul Begala has been vocal in his criticism of the Supreme Court ruling that, among other things, allowed Super PACs to continue spending hundreds of millions of dollars on election advertising.
Liberal donors and union entities flooded pro-Obama Super Pac Priorities USA Action with “serious eleventh-hour cash” during the final three weeks of the presidential campaign, according to federal documents filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
If a campaign finance story is not about David Koch or Sheldon Adelson, do liberals care? Consider the reaction to Kenneth Vogel’s important report on the winter meeting of the Democracy Alliance, the secretive organization of progressive millionaires and billionaires who finance an extraordinarily byzantine network of liberal foundations and Super PACs that operate with undisclosed “dark money.” What reaction? Exactly. There wasn’t any.
Republicans (and I) thought the 2008 election was a fluke. We thought the Obama coalition of minorities, young people, and white liberals had been brought together under unusual circumstances: the unpopularity of the Bush presidency, the war in Iraq, and the recession and financial crisis. The 2010 midterms, in which the Obama coalition did not appear and Republicans had their best performance in decades, supported this assumption. A combination of GOP enthusiasm and a lackluster economy would spell trouble for Obama’s reelection. Obama would not be able to replicate his 2008 performance. His voters would not show up. We were wrong.
Liberal Super PACs spent roughly $200 million during the 2012 election cycle on behalf of Democratic President Barack Obama’s reelection effort.
Tim Collins and his family give mightily to liberal organizations and political candidates, but Collins’ connections to the liberal establishment run far deeper than mere monetary donations, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.
Members of the secretive, liberal network of dark money donors known as the Democracy Alliance gave Obama’s Super PAC, Priorities USA, a major cash injection in the first half of October. According to the group’s pre-general FEC report, George Soros contributed $1 million, Chris Findlater gave $30,000, and Vin Ryan donated $100,000.
Obama’s Super PAC Priorities USA got a major boost from the CEO of Zynga, an online game company struggling for survival. According to the group’s pre-general FEC report, Mark Pincus contributed $1 million to the group that blamed Mitt Romney for the death of a woman from cancer.
Obama’s beach bundler, Marjorie Rawls Roberts, has donated to the Obama-affiliated Super PAC, Priorities USA, according to the pre-general filing with the FEC. Roberts has contributed at least $250 to the group that has suggested Mitt Romney was responsible for a woman’s death from cancer.