Watching The Ed Show, I just heard an audio clip of David Axelrod talking about all the PAC money that billionaires spent in this election, made possible by the Citizens United ruling. As we all know by now, Karl Rove ended up with ZERO wins for all the money he poured into various campaigns this election cycle. I searched for the quote and found it at The Hill.
Speaking to reporters on a conference call two days after Obama won reelection, Axelrod said one key takeaway of the presidential race and other congressional races, is the ineffectiveness of the super-PACs.Hopefully, billionaires will have learned their lesson from this experience, but I doubt it. They'll try again, which is why I hope we are able to get new laws on the books to override what Citizens United did. Thousands of grassroots volunteers working hard on the ground, out did a handful of billionaires. What will they try next time now that they've learned their money couldn't buy them the White House?
“If I were one of these billionaires, I'd be wanting to talk to someone and asking where my refund is, because they didn't get much for their money,” Axelrod said. “Just looking at the heartening news is that you can't buy the White House. You can't overwhelm the Congress with these super-PAC dollars.”
Axelrod added that he thinks there will be some “reluctance” in future elections when strategist Karl Rove, who headed up the super-PAC “American Crossroads,” comes “knocking on the door” and asking for money.