Huntsman Super PAC May Be Family Affair
Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has had low polling numbers, minimal to non-existent media mentions and fairly anemic fundraising so far in the election cycle. But he does have an untapped avenue to use in his pursuit of the GOP nomination — at least, untapped until now.
According to Politico a new political action committee, Our Destiny PAC, has been formed to help Huntsman on his run. The PAC treasurer, Thomas Muir, is a vice president at Huntsman Corporation. But that isn’t Muir’s only job. He also acted as treasurer for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation non-profit, a group that has been run by both the candidate and his wealthy father as a means of distributing part of the vast family fortune.
Without the change in campaign finance law that allows these unlimited fund super PACs to flourish, the family Huntsman would be limited in exactly how much money they could provide in order to support Huntsman’s White House bid. Instead, they simply have to provide as much as they want to an outside group, supported and administered by Huntsman employees, to be spent “supporting” the candidate’s bid but not actually as part of the campaign itself.
Thanks to the new emerging super PACs, campaign spending will go through the roof, the wealthy can spend unlimited money to purchase politicians who will represent their special interests, and the gap between the rich and the poor will continue to get even wider.
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