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Super PAC ads give wealthy loud voice in campaigns
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/21/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer

Posted on 01/21/2012 9:50:06 AM PST by SmithL

Four years ago, candidate Barack Obama reshaped the presidential campaign by raising more money from donors who gave less than $200 than any candidate in history.

But analysts say the 2012 campaign will be dominated by wealthy corporations, unions and individuals who can anonymously spend as much as they want in favor of a candidate - thanks to how the Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case two years ago today.

The decision gave birth to a new type of political action committee, the super PAC. As thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in San Francisco and elsewhere protested the ruling Friday, analysts said it is enabling wealthy interests to be able to shape the political system like never before.

The millions of dollars spent fueling this winter's bloodbath of attack ads in the Republican presidential primary is probably just a sneak preview of a stream of ham-fisted political advertising expected this year - all the way down to congressional races. The super PAC war could be especially intense in California, where a redrawing of the state's political districts has put formerly safe congressional seats into play.

Through organizations with names like Winning Our Future, wealthy interests can furtively fund the type of nasty TV ads that torpedoed then-surging Newt Gingrich before the Iowa caucuses and later carpet-bombed South Carolinians with commercials calling Mitt Romney a job-killing "corporate raider" when he led the Bain Capital private equity firm.

At the same time, presidential aspirants can claim that they had nothing to do with the attacks because the presidential campaigns can't legally communicate with the super PACs doing the dirty work.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: citizensunited; election2012; superpac; unions; unionthugs

Jed Holtzman of Move to Amend gives the crowd details on other Occupy actions happening around the city. In conjunction with Occupy West, Protestors gather in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to demand a change to the "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling. Friday January 20th, 2011.

1 posted on 01/21/2012 9:50:21 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

At least Mr Garofoli mentioned the word ‘unions’ - once.


2 posted on 01/21/2012 9:55:43 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SmithL

Thank God they do. It’s about time someone besides the American hating press or idiotic campaign insiders had a voice in these things.

The liberals hate America, and the consultants do not understand it. At least with PACS, you have a chance of folks who love it and understand it having a say so.


3 posted on 01/21/2012 9:56:02 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: SmithL
SC voters are perceptive and do not fit the Obama/MSM image of them. They are representative of voters throughout America who see that it is ideas and the power of the ideas of liberty which will defeat Obama in November. Money and organization can be topped by Soros and others of his philosophy.

Earlier this week, Charles Krauthammer observed, that "he (Romney) simply doesn’t have the capacity to explain with some color and sort of force conservative ideas."

Which is precisely why he has no business going up against an ideologue who does "have the capacity to explain with some color and sort of force" the ideas of redistribution.

Krauthammer has been slow to come to admitting the obvious fact that Romney doesn't "explain" conservative ideas because they are not part of his intellectual DNA, as they are with someone who has immersed himself/herself in the ideas of America's founding history.

Gingrich's quick analysis of opposing ideas, combined with an ability to put them in historical context, didn't just come about by osmosis. They came about through a lifelong study of history. In recent decades, Ronald Reagan is the only American president who was so familiar with our founding ideas that he could weave them into discussions on "issues" of the day; thereby giving clarity to threats to liberty.

By the same token, the Fall 2012 opponent has studied, been mentored in, and well understands the ideology and strategies for presenting his case for redistribution, government planning, and control--all the while masking them in benevolence and "taking care" of those to whom he appeals, even as his policies are enslaving future generations.

His Republican opponent needs to be able to rebut, rebuke, and reveal the cloaked tyranny encased in his appealing message to those who see him as a benevolent leader, not a threat to their posterity's Creator-endowed right to be free.

Gingrich is right.

The goal of the primaries is to determine a candidate who can bring such clarity to the ideas of conservatism that Obama's counterfeit ideas will be defeated. Romney, in the words of Krauthammer, "simply doesn't have the capacity" to do it. At least, he has not shown it to this point; and that "capacity" cannot be coached. It must be a natural outgrowth of understanding.

"It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle [usurpation of power], and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much. . . to forget it." - James Madison

4 posted on 01/21/2012 10:20:55 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: SmithL
...candidate Barack Obama reshaped the presidential campaign by raising more money from donors who gave less than $200 than any candidate in history.

He left out the part about these "donations" coming in from all over the world for the messiah. That was really "historical" too.

5 posted on 01/21/2012 10:28:02 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Climate Change" my a.... All weather is local.)
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To: SmithL

Hey Lefties, try setting up a ‘Citizens Deluded’ campaign, Oh (world can’t)wait.. already did it, huh?

Who needs a Super PAC when ya got Soros bankrolling ya? Yeeeah, that’s the ANSWER(.org), uhhh , that’s the ticket.

The hypocrisy is as rich as is the irony.


6 posted on 01/21/2012 10:56:33 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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