Super PACs Dominate Political Campaign

Entertaining video encourage people to participate in the National Week of Action January 16-23 to overturn the Citizens United decision.

Following the Citizens United ruling it has become de rigeur for all political campaigns to be accompanied by a Super PAC run by its supporters but “official uncoordinated” with the campaign. Since donations to these political action committees is unlimited and is not subject to as much scrutiny, unprecedented money is flowing into these PACs, drawfing the actual money raised and spent by the candidate’s official campaign. Indeed without a “scorecard” it is not obvious which candidate they actually support:

  • Mitt Romney’s Super PAC: Restore Our Future
  • Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC: Winning Our Future
  • Rick Perry’s Super PAC: Make Us Great Again
  • Ron Paul’s Super PAC: Revolution
  • Jon Huntsman PAC: Our Destiny
  • Rick Santorum’s PAC: Red, White and Blue

The claim of PAC independence gives candidates the plausible deniability which enables Super PAC to launch vicious attacks without fear of tainting the candidate they support.

Newt Gingrich: Governor [Romney], I wish you would calmly and directly state it is your former staff running the PAC. It is your millionaire friends giving to the PAC. And you know some of the ads aren’t true. Just say that. It’s straightforward. (APPLAUSE)

Mitt Romney: Well, of course it’s former staff of mine. And, of course they’re people who support me. They wouldn’t be putting money into a PAC that supports me if they weren’t people who support me. And with regards to their ads, I haven’t seen them. And, as you know, under the law, I can’t direct their ads. If there’s anything in them that’s wrong, I hope they take it out. I hope everything that’s wrong is taken out. But let me tell you this. The ad I saw said that you’d been forced out of the speakership. That was correct.

Commercial being run in South Carolina by “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”, also known as “The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC”. (Press release below.)

Political satirist Stephen Colbert “is currently exploring a run for President of the United States of South Carolina” although he is not on the ballot and write-in vote are not allowed in the South Carolina primary, so accordingly Colbert has transferred control of his Super PAC to his friend and producer John Stewart so that he can get unlimited support from his Super PAC.

Their press release follows the jump.

The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC Releases First Ad

AMERICA – The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC released its first TV ad today, in advance of South Carolina’s upcoming unnamed GOP Primary. The ad, which takes an objective look at Mitt Romney’s private sector experience, is entitled “Attack In B Minor For Strings.”

“Mitt Romney claims to be pro-corporations,” said Jon Stewart, President of The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC. “But would you let him date your daughter’s corporation? Americans have been clamoring for a comprehensive study of this crucial issue, so we splurged for the full sixty-second commercial. We think South Carolinians will agree – they deserve a leader who shares their state’s values, and perhaps even their state’s initials.”

The new spot begins airing today in a major ad buy that will blanket South Carolina from Charleston all the way to North Charleston. Those of you with some free AOL hours left can view the ad above.

The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC, officially known as Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, is an independent, expenditure-only committee that’s been proudly serving the community since late Thursday.  


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