We all remember President Obama wagging his finger at the Supreme Court over the Citizens United Decision. Obama had disdain for Super PAC money. But now, as with many other things, Obama is fine with a Super PAC that supports his campaign.
— President Barack Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt, July 9, 2011
“Senior campaign officials as well as some White House and Cabinet officials will attend and speak at (super PAC) Priorities USA fundraising events.”
— President Barack Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, Feb. 6, 2012
A fundraising decision by President Barack Obama’s campaign in February 2012 prompted news headlines on the “reversal” and a Republican Web video on a “failed promise.”
We figured it was time to crank up the Flip-O-Meter.
Here’s the question: Did the Obama campaign change its stance on fundraising for super PACs?
These new political action committees weren’t an option in 2008. Super PACs grew from a federal court case in 2010, SpeechNow.org vs. Federal Election Commission. The decision allows super PACs to raise unlimited amountsof money to independently advocate for candidates. (Traditional PACs have contribution limits.) Like traditional PACs, they must disclose their donors to the election commission but may not donate directly to candidates and may not coordinate directly with campaigns.