The 2012 presidential election is going to be driven in a large part by the super PACs dominating the airwaves. With limitless moneys being dumped into groups that have little to no disclosure requirements and no real rules other than they must advocate against a candidate rather than on behalf of one, the negative advertising of 2008 is expected to be nothing in comparison to that of this election year.
Behind in actual campaign fundraising, likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney is far ahead in the super PAC game, and a new donor (and campaign adviser) will help even more.
According to First Read, a super PAC supporting Romney for president has accepted a check of nearly $1 million from Harold Hamm, the chairman and CEO of Continental Resources, a “pro-oil” energy firm. This was just a few weeks after Hamm was appointed as an energy adviser to the Romney campaign.
Hamm’s reason for backing Romney? President Barack Obama blew him off when he wanted the Keystone Pipeline started. “After meeting Obama at a White House event last July, Hamm complained the president ‘blew him off’ after he tried to press him about the abundance of domestic oil supplies, according to a Business Week story last January. ‘It was like, ‘if you’re in the oil and gas industry, you don’t matter,’ Hamm was quoted as saying in the story headlined, ‘The Man Who Bought North Dakota.’”
Become an adviser, help shape policy that financially benefits you. Write a huge check to a group that will defeat your opponent. But don’t calling it collusion, or pay for play politics.
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