Jeanne Cummings of Politico has a very interesting article this morning reporting on the creation by prominent Democratic operatives of groups intended to counter Republican-friendly organizations like American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS:
Democrats with ties to the Obama White House on Friday are launching a two-pronged fundraising effort aimed at countering deep-pocketed GOP groups in 2012 – and adopting some of the same policies on unlimited, secret donations that President Barack Obama himself has long opposed, the organizers tell POLITICO.
The two groups, Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, aim to raise $100 million to defend Obama’s re-election from an expected onslaught of attack ads from similar Republican outside money organizations activated in the 2010 midterms, organizers say.
The Priorities companion committees will have one that discloses donors – and one that doesn’t, a practice Obama hammered during last year’s election cycle as undermining the democratic process.
There is nothing particularly hypocritical about the Democrats decision to create independent organizations that are able to accept unlimited contributions from individuals, unions, and corporations, taking full advantage of the First Amendment rights recognized in Citizens United (and SpeechNow.org too), even after bashing that decision and doing everything in their power to overturn, undermine, and limit that decision.
But the same can’t necessarily be said for their decision to respect the privacy of donors to their 501(c)4 group.