more money to elect candidates who will ensure they will pay still less in taxes.
Paul Blumenthal writes:
The last of the top three donors from the Swift Boat group to give to American Crossroads, T. Boone Pickens, gave $1 million in the first few weeks of October. He was joined by Bob Perry, the largest donor to the Swift Boat efforts, who gave $1 million in October, bringing his total giving to American Crossroads to $7.5 million. Harold Simmons, the second-largest Swift Boat donor and the second largest super PAC donor in 2012, gave $4 million to American Crossroads this month, bringing his total giving to the group to $19.5 million.Questions were raised about the Swift Boat campaign's connections to the George W. Bush campaign in 2004. But nothing ever came of it. And now, even though Super PAC operations are not supposed to be coordinated in any way with candidates' campaigns, it's a laughable separation that everyone knows is bogus. At the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission, American Crossroads had raised $99 million to defeat Democrats in the 2012 election. It still had $31 million to spend. A good portion of that money is going for selected contests at the congressional level.
These three former Swift Boat donors accounted for more than half of American Crossroads' $11.6 million raised in the first 17 days of October.
As a consequence of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United, Super PACs can advocate for or against candidates without any limitations on how much money they raise from individuals or corporations. American Crossroads and a small network of other GOP-oriented Super PACs have been called the "shadow RNC."
These loathsome string-pullers are doing all they can to turn one-person, one-vote into a bitter joke.
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