Someone out there is so intent on making sure that President Barack Obama doesn’t serve a second term in office he or she is willing to shell out big cash to prevent it.
Who? Well, we’ll probably never know.
According to the Washington Post, an anonymous $10 million donation was made to Karl Rove’s super PAC Crossroads GPS, to be spent on “ads attacking President Obama and Democratic policies.” But as a result of the Citizens United ruling that allows unlimited, untraceable money to be spent on political action groups, we will likely never find out who is behind the mystery dollars.
And it’s not just a one time thing. “The tax returns show that Crossroads GPS has collected the vast majority of its donations from the super-rich. The forms show that nearly 90 percent of its contributions through the end of 2011 had come from as few as two dozen donors, each giving $1 million or more. Overall, the nonprofit group raised more than $76 million since it was founded in May 2010 through the end of 2011.”
Democratic operatives call it “buying the White House.” Senior White House Adviser David Plouffe told Bloomberg News, “You’ve got a few dozen people who are going to write $5 million, $10 million, $15 million, $50 million checks to try and purchase the White House on behalf of Governor [Mitt] Romney. That is a terrible, and that’s why we opposed the Citizens United decision…. I think there’s a lot of folks who, on the other side, whether it’s folks in the oil industry, some people in the financial industry who say, you know, they’d like Romney in the White House because he’s going to take care of their bidding for them.”
Republicans are already making the list of those who will be first in line to have their requests listened to should Romney win the White House. BuzzFeed obtained a fundraising email for Romney’s “Inaugural Retreat” once he is elected, and for a mere $50,000 donation anyone can have easy access to the potential president-elect. “Those donors will be named ‘Founding Members’ of Romney Victory and invited to a California retreat with Romney and offered ‘yet to be determined access at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.’ They will also ‘have preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat,’ the email says.”
Of course, those donors won’t be able to remain anonymous if they chose this route. But considering how many of them are likely to have already made these considerable, mysterious super PAC donations in addition to visible, traceable Romney campaign support, it’s very likely that the vast majority of the 2012 election money may be coming from a group of people smaller than a football team.
And most of us will never really know.
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