Friday, April 10, 2015

Hillary and Bill in a post-Citizens United world

By Richard K. Barry


Well, that’s a frightening thought. And, in fact, according to a piece in The Daily Beast, “the nascent campaign will embark on a fundraising push that the Clinton camp says will dwarf anything seen in the history of presidential politics.”

“They are going to raise in one week what some Republican presidential candidates are going to raise the entire cycle,” said one Clinton aide.

[. . .]

Bill and Hillary Clinton have always been prodigious Democratic fundraisers, but they will enter the 2016 election cycle as newcomers to the post-Citizens United world of campaign finance. Super PACs associated with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), for example, have raised $31 million since he announced his campaign last week. And former Florida governor Jeb Bush has embarked on a “shock and awe” fundraising blitz to overwhelm his Republican rivals.

If you’re in the game, you have to play by the rules such as they are. It’s still depressing to imagine who the Clintons will owe when the moving van pulls up to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

(Cross-posted at Phantom Public.)

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