President Obama has openly objected to the undue influence of super PAC donations on the nationâ€™s campaign process. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the fundraising groups could accept unlimited, anonymous donations from corporations, the president declared that they were a â€śthreat to our democracy.â€ť However, the commander in chief has had a change of heart.
Obama 2012 has done the math, and more importantly, seen the impact that super PACs have had on the Republican presidential primary process. Before contests in Iowa and South Carolina, Restore Our Futureâ€”the group backing White House hopeful Mitt Romneyâ€”pummeled Newt Gingrich with a barrage of negative advertising. And as a result, the Obama administration is now endorsing contributions to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC run by two former administration aides.
â€śItâ€™s been an evolving conversation,â€ť said a senior campaign official on a conference call with reporters Tuesday, explaining the presidentâ€™s decision. â€śWeâ€™ve been watching throughout the course of the Republican primary process, the most recent filing deadline and the Koch brothers conference and whatâ€™s been coming out of that: Â a half billion dollars to defeat the president.â€ť
And campaign manager Jim Messina, in an email to supporters Monday night, said that the campaign â€ścanâ€™t allow for two sets of rulesâ€ť in which the Republican presidential nominee gains an advantage from â€śunlimited spending and Democrats unilaterally disarm.â€ť
Furthermore, Priorities USA raised only $1.2 million during the latter half of 2012, while Restore Our Future collected $17.9 million.
Obama himself acknowledged in a recent Â interview with NBCâ€™s Matt Lauer concern about the influence that super PACs have on the political processâ€”and whatâ€™s coming his way in the general election.
â€śOne of the worries we have obviously in the next campaign is that there are so many of these so-called super PACs, these independent expenditures that are gonna be out there,â€ť he said. â€śThere is gonna be just a lot of money floating around, and I guarantee a bunch of itâ€™s gonna be negative.â€ť