In a World of Super PACs, Mitt Romney Rules

It seemed like just another campaign appearance – Mitt Romney taking time from the trail to address a ballroom full of well-heeled donors.

It was anything but. When Romney spoke last summer at fund-raisers for a super PAC run by three of his former top aides, it marked a turning point in his campaign and, in some ways, in the modern history of campaign finance.

The group, Restore Our Future, capitalized on Romney’s support to raise $57 million by the end of April and has become one of the most powerful forces in the race for the White House – the financial engine behind the fusillade of broadcast ads, most of them harshly negative, that felled his GOP challengers one by one.

No candidate in the 2012 race adapted more swiftly and effectively to the rise of the super PACs in the wake of US Supreme Court and other rulings that effectively removed any barriers to individual and corporate donations to such so-called independent groups.




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12 comments on “In a World of Super PACs, Mitt Romney Rules
  1. Play Watcher says:

    “In a World of Super PACs, Mitt Romney Rules” <— Which means:  Mitt Romney will be most beholden to crony capitalists looking for "payback" if Romney wins the POTUS… and small, Constitutional government intended for America will die a little more.  The alternative:  Obama (probably worse) or 3rd Party candidates (probably won't win the POTUS, but are probably more moral & some committed to small, Constitutional government).  I'll opt for the latter alternative.  It's always nice to be on the side of a "winner", but winning isn't everything & sometimes in life you have to stand on principle, even if it's unpopular at the time.

    • Bruce D. says:

       Not everything is a conspiracy. Rich people as well as working people know what is at stake in this election. Mitt Romney is going to make a good president because he knows how things work and is a very capable. Not many are giving the United States much hope if President Obama is in another four years so why aide in his election by pushing pessimism and negativity toward Romney. At least wait until he Romney is elected and has done something you do not like before you start complaining.

      • mimi says:

        I will be voting for Mitt Romney a real American, BORN in America This moron  OBUMMER A American hater must go!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA LAND OF THE FREEEEEEEE!!!! ANYONE WHO VOTES FOR THE PARTY OF SLAVERY IS NUTS OR ON WELFARE!!!!! SAVE AMERICAN VOTE OUT THE HATER OBUMMER,YEA HOPE AND CHANGE WHAT A JOKE THAT IS, OBUMMER WANTS TO MAKE OUR AMERICA INTO A SOCIALIST COUNTRY,NOOOOO CAN DO HE MUST BE VOTED OUT AND HE CAN TAKE HIS KKK SLAVEY PARTY WITH HIM!!!!!!!!! FREEDOM IS WHAT I WILL BE VOTING FOR!!!!!! 

    • RetiredMajor says:

      So, what you propose is four more years of “probably worse”?

    • TM says:

      Just stay home and if you are so commited on re-electing obama, that’s who you want back in anyway.

  2. jong says:

    And what is the reason for this??   Many of Obama’s old money people now are giving to Romney.  Obama has shown himself as a enemy to free enterprise and that they got sucked in the first place like many others to vote for him.   We now have a glimpse of him not much more.   However, what we do know is that any one that helps him will be destroyed for no one can share the power that Obama reserves only for himself.

  3. TM says:

    GO MITT ROMNEY ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE………..

    GO obama TO HELL THAT IS AND TAKE YOUR ARSE HOLE SUPPORTERS WITH YOU…………….

  4. mimi says:

    I think real AMERICANS  are waking up, OBUMMER had his chance to SHOW US WHAT HE IS ALL ABOUT AND MOST OF WE AMERICANS DON’T LIKE WHAT HE IS ALL ABOUT!!!!! HE’S NOT A AMERICAN HE WASN’T BORN IN AMERICA, HE’S A SOCIALIST A MUSLIM HE SAID HE IS A MUSLIM, I DON’T TRUST HIM LOOK WHAT HE IS DOING TO OUR AMERICA NOT ONE JOOOOB FOR US HE DOESN’T CARE IF WE HAVE JOBS OR NOT,HE’S LIVING THE GOOD LIFE OFF OF US ,HE TALKS ABOUT THE HE’S RICH  VERY RICH  I DON’T KNOW HOW HE BECAME SO RICH WITH OUT EVERY WORKING A REAL JOB ,DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW HE BECAME SO RICH???????? THE KKK PARTY OF SLAVE GOT THEIR UNCLE TOM OBUMMER AND MANNY, MRS OBUMMER. THOSE TWO PLAY THE RACE CARD, SO SICK OF THAT CRAP,NOW WE HAVE THE BLACK PANTHERS TRYING TO INTIMIDATE WE  WHITE PEOPLE ALL I CAN SAY IS BRING IT ON, WE ARE READY FOR THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES TO SAVE OUR AMERICA FROM THE SOCIALIST HATERS!!!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA WE WILL NOT GO DOWN WITH OUT A FIGHT!!!!!!! WE HAVE LET AL SHAPIE AND JESSY JERK -OFF INTIMIDATE AMERICAN COMPANYS TO LONG . HOW STUPID WHITE COMPANY OWNERS ARE  OR I HOPE WERE,TO GIVE IN TO THESE CROOKS WHO LIKE TO PLAY THE RACE CARD FOR MONEY!!!! LET THEM PLAY THAT CARD ,WE DON;T CARE ANYMORE,IT’S ALL BULLCRAP AND WE WILL NOT LET IT HAPPEN ANY MORE!!!!!!WE KNOW NOW WHAT THEIR GAME IS!!!!! IT’S OVER NOT ONE MORE PENNY SHOULD ANY WHITE COMPANY GIVE THEM,LET THEM WORK A REAL JOB LIKE WE HAVE TO!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP WHITE PEOPLE THEY THINK WE ARE AFRAID OF THEM , WELL THEY BETTER THINK AGAIN, IF THEY WANT TO FIGHT BRING IT ON WE ARE READY NOT ONE MORE PENNY WILL THEY GET FROM WE WHITE PEOPLE WHO WORK TO KEEP FOOD  AND A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS!!!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Miroco says:

    The actual purpose of this article is to begin the leftie chant “Unfair”. What was really unfair was the guilt trip harbored by most voters that they were “Not racist”, O played this like a violin. NOW businesses see that they are hated, even Jews are beginning to realize O hates Israel, his list of hates seem endless and finally people are waking up. THEY stole the money card with uncounted union labor and cash, they stole the dead and felon vote, they hide the military vote, so WE use the rules for a change and show what raising cash really means, this is not racist it is our only chance for survival from the worst administration in my— EVER

  6. Chuck says:

    When Obama did it, PACs were the revoluntionary tool their radicals needed to raise money.   Now that Romney and the Republicans have taken the same course, with Supreme Court blessings, there is something wrong and sinister about PACs and money raising.   Democrats only like to play when the game  is fixed.   They whine when others beat them at their own game.

  7. Shrtwv_lstnr says:

    1. TruNews with Rick Wiles. 2. The PowerHour with Joyce Riley. 3. The MOST important thing is who we DON’T vote for (Hussein Obama).
    4. My loyalty, however, will always remain with Ron Paul.

  8. Yep, nothinig frazzles a lib worse that using their own rules to win the game. They always cry foul and try and change the rules AGAIN in the middle of the game.
    Romney’s gonna need this kind of cash and ad machine to counter the 0bama spin machinie. Pretty easy so far, considering 0bama’s public statement stupidity (everything’s fine! No, wait, everything sux!) and the few little bombs 0bamapac has tossed pretty much blew their own backsides off.

    Click the name.