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Super PACs became somewhat famous in 2012 for helping and hurting both major candidates and for their ability to run even the most dishonest ads and get away with it. 2016 will be no exception with both sides building their ground and fundraising game even earlier.

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Report from the Washington Post:

The Democrats have established their 2016 war room in a glassy new building in downtown Washington. The Republicans are setting up shop across the Potomac River in the Northern Virginia suburbs.

Long before any candidates announce their presidential bids, the next race for the White House is unofficially underway. Political operatives for two independent groups — American Bridge 21st Century on the left and America Rising on the right — are already tracking potential contenders, aiming to build robust research files that can be used against the opposition.

The organizations are part of a wave of super PACs, advocacy groups and even for-profit corporations that are poised to play their biggest role yet in national politics. They are launching ­opposition-research projects, mobilizing volunteers and even helping to recruit candidates — further eroding the primacy of the official party hierarchies in the process.

“We are going to continue to see the outsourcing of core functions of the DNC and RNC to outside groups,” said election-law attorney Robert Kelner, referring to the Democratic and Republican national committees. “By November 2014, there will be a true shadow political party system in place on both sides of the aisle.”

The “shadow parties,” as Kelner refers to them, walked that very fine line in 2012 of appearing to be in collusion with but never formally acknowledging a connection to the campaigns they supported. By law, Super PACs and campaigns can’t have any communication but that didn’t stop President Obama and Mitt Romney from asking each other to demand that their respective PACs stop running any given ad. To make such a demand might be seen as collusion. What a tangled web of campaign fiance law we live in.

15 COMMENTS

  1. A lot more revealing information about Hilary Cl;inton needs to be on the airways and soon and constants. She has a huge amount of bagage to be shown to the citizens and it should some out soon, including Bengazie plus going way back to before Bill got into office. Bring it out now and don’t let up!

    • There is no one, much less a politician, that doesn’t have baggage. I am familiar with the Hilary “doings” after she became First Lady”. What transgressions did she have before her husband was elected president?

      • Tess — still shilling for the Democrooks?

        Do the 30 pieces of silver make up for selling your integrity and soul by posting what you were told to do by your bosses — the lies and disinformation you print here all the time?!

        Keep doing it — it further exposes the perfidy of the people you work for — and awakens more Americans to what’s wrong with the ones in power!

        Thank you!

  2. If ABC, CBS,NBC, CNN (MSM) doesn’t change their stripes from blue to red, or at neutralize, Clinton or any Democrat will never be vetted. Hopefully congress will eventually wring out the truth about Benghazi.

  3. This page is about SuperPacs being the real power in the country. Discussion of individual candidates misses the point.

    • Goethe, the real “power” IS and has been since Nixon, The MainStream Media. Their liberal bias has colored, polarized, and influenced the General Public who takes their editorial stories as news and at face value, without questioning authenticity.

        • Aw Goethe, they even admit they are liberal. Just like education. research the staffs and bios and follow the money. Your “Pfffft” is an AKA to your B.O.’s declaring “phony scandals”. Reality a bitch to face sometime. Like B.O. is the most divisive POTUS since FDR.

          • Likewise, Ffffft. They can’t admit it, cuz it ain’t true. The media are not liberal,they’re just lazy. Were you screaming “liberal” while the media were beating the drum to push us into Iraq? The only voice against it was ONE individual–Phil Donohue, the highest rated host on the network–and he was fired for daring to question the government. I didn’t watch him, but he was the TOP-rated host, remember. So they were even acting against their own corporate interests to stifle dissent.

            And now, of course the media are trying to find a way to get us into Syria. If you can’t see that in the reports, you just ain’t watchin’.

            If you only pay attention to the NeoCon sources, then yeah, you’re going to think the “media” are liberal. But if you ever listen to the liberal sources, you’ll hear that the “media’ are corporate shills, who prop up the status quo and push us into war. When you’re attacked from both sides, it’s a good sign.

            • Goethe, you and DT are obsessed with war and neocon – when you look at media coverage, look at who reports what and focus, and look at who says “move along, nothing here.” And who constantly for the last 6 years has covered B.O.’s butt and minimized his leading from behind and his fight on two of the three monotheistic religions. They have advanced his divisiveness in several social subjects and supported the pure liberal point of view. You can’t even admit why the people and corporations with money won’t release it and start investing and growth.

            • Sam: The point was that the media are just lazy. They let Bush get by with trampling all over the Constitution. The media just let ’em all get by. You just think the media are liberal cuz yer so kneejerk. I’d like to see you vary from the talking points just once.

  4. Sorry, I got off track speaking of Hilary. Now, I will stick to the point. America Rising is a super PAC that was founded with the sole purpose to spread negative and insensitive stories about Democrats through any media available. Plus a limited liability corporation that houses an unsavory video library to be shared with GOP candidates for their use. American Bridge 21st Century claims to be a research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions. Yet they add ” If you hear of a candidate or elected official playing fast and loose with the truth let us know. If you’re at a town hall meeting take out your iPhone and record it, we’d love to highlight your footage on our site”. How base can these people get? No sense of decency can be found in either of these forums.

    • Tess Trueheartless — still shilling for the Democrooks?

      Do the 30 pieces of silver make up for selling your integrity and soul by posting what you were told to do by your bosses — the lies and disinformation you print here all the time?!

      Keep doing it — it further exposes the perfidy of the people you work for — and awakens more Americans to what’s wrong with the ones in power!

      Thank you!

  5. Surfisher…This page was designed for discussion of 2016 SuperPacs. You chose to viciously attack me, as a person, as only a bully can do well. You have absolutely no knowledge of my background. If you really want to awaken “more Americans to what’s wrong with the ones in power” you can easily do by disclosing actual facts as there are plenty to be found.

    • Tess:

      I’ve deduced you are a shill — just enjoy your 30 pieces of silver… they are well earned.

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