Trump Hates Super PACs Except When He Uses Them

There’s a reason Donald Trump blathers on and on about hating Super PACs.

Between the Jeb-supporting Right to Rise USA and Rubio-backing Conservative Solutions PAC, about $29.1 million was spent trashing Trump, out of a total of $63 million so far, according to a March 18 ABC News report.

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Since Bush and Rubio exited the race, the pace has picked up, with nearly $2.5 million a day spent hitting Trump since before Florida. That’s 65 percent of total GOP spending, again per the ABC report.

Now comes Great America PAC, which has spent $3.1 million on advertising for Trump, with ad buys through May 30. Television ad buys through April 4 total $1.5 million. Most of these ads attack Ted Cruz, using the typical mother-in-a-kitchen worried about her children (we’ve seen these way too many times).

Trump is behind in the polls in Wisconsin after taking a breather from the campaign trail, and he’s reversing himself (again) on an issue he’s campaigned on, because with Trump, nothing is non-negotiable, including Super PACs.

Honestly, I thank God for Citizens United v. FEC. Without Super PACs, there’s simply no way other candidates would be able to outspend Trump, who benefits from over a billion dollars of “earned media” by controlling the news cycle, according to a March 15 New York Times report.

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Yet Trump complains that it’s not fair the other candidates outspend him using Super PAC money.

I call bulls**t.

Who can overcome a freaking 1.8 billion in free media, special treatment on news shows where other candidates have to show up and Trump can phone in from his jet, and half of the hosts at various news outlets breaking out the Astroglide when he shows up? Without the Super PACs, there’d be no such thing as #NeverTrump. It would be over. We’d be doomed.

And guess what? Should Trump become the GOP nominee, the earned media will flip over to Hillary, except to report Trump’s gaffes, flip-flops, missteps, profanity, and misogyny. The MSM will gladly report that.

Yes, thank God for Super PACs. They have been very effective, and in California, a new Super PAC led by Rob Stuzman has Trump in its crosshairs. Even if Trump gets the winner-take-all delegates from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey–if he loses Wisconsin, he likely can’t get to 1,237. He’ll be short, and with the unbound delegates stacked against him, he’ll be very short.

It will come down to California, and you can bet your sweet patootie that Trump will use his Super PAC to attack Cruz all the way to the end. When he’s asked, he’ll give the same reason he gave when confronted about why he tried to condemn the widow’s home for a limo parking area, or declared Chapter 11 on his Atlantic City casino four times.

The same reason Bill Clinton messed with an intern in the Oval Office. Because he could.

It’s irrelevant whether those bankruptcies were good or bad for shareholders (bad), creditors (bad), Atlantic City (bad). They were good for Donald. And it’s irrelevant whether Super PACs are good or bad for politics. If it benefits Donald, he’ll use them. If he can make it seem like Cruz is “bought,” he’ll rail against them. He’ll do both in the same sentence if he can.

But it probably won’t help Trump. He’s only resorting to traditional advertising because his National Enquirer sewer scraping operation failed. He’s only resorting to a Super PAC because he wants to loan money to it and get paid back later instead of “self funding” as he claims (in fact, donors contribute 30 percent of his funding).

Trump says he hates Super PACs, but that’s not true. He only hates them when they hurt him. And they’ve hurt him. When it benefits him, Trump will go all-in for Super PACs. He’s a hypocrite on this just like every other issue in his campaign to be cultist-in-chief. Thank God we have Super PACs to stop him.

Cruz Donors Suffer ‘Confusion’ From Too Many Super PAC Options

This really is a good problem to have.

Ted Cruz has so much money being thrown at him that the Super PAC options read like a Roulette wheel.

At least eight independent political groups are jockeying to support Cruz now that he has risen in the polls as perhaps the strongest challenger to front­runner Donald Trump. The dynamic has confused wealthy donors and brought disarray to the otherwise orderly political operation that surrounds the freshman senator from Texas.

“We’re trying to figure out who has the best management team, the most efficient cost structure,” said Doug Deason, adding that he is a bit baffled by the various entities. “I just don’t think we need a bunch of people doing different things, maybe putting out different messages that don’t match up.”

Because the Super PACs are barred from coordinating with the well-managed Cruz operation, or using his vaunted data analytics system, donors have to rely on personal pitches from the PAC managers. Really, it’s like trusting a stock broker or fund manager; some are really good and some are terrible.

Liberals always push toward campaign funding limits (so they can run media-fueled whispering campaigns) and eliminating Super PACs–which Citizens United have kept alive–but maybe Cruz has a better idea.

In an interview in Iowa this weekend, Cruz said the proliferation of super PACs working on his behalf was a sign of his appeal. But he also said it would be better if campaigns could accept unlimited donations themselves.

“There’s no doubt that the existing campaign finance laws are idiotic, that it would make far more sense for all of the spending and messaging to go through the campaign,” he said.

Why shouldn’t campaigns be able to raise as much as donors want to give? The illusion that a candidate is somehow free from influence because of some law that’s supposed to prevent “coordination” is a benighted concept. Nobody really believes it, because it’s not true.

If a candidate is “bought and paid for,” then let it be known and public because Donor X gave $20 million to the campaign. Then let the voters decide. The smoke and mirrors of Super PACs is simply a breeding ground for corruption, intrigue and deniability for the worst politicians, and a millstone for the best.

The Charlatans

The GOP spent a ton of money through a bunch of organizations, including Super PACs, that was flat out wasted. The Newt Gingrich Super PAC was just a sign of things to come it seems. The excuse that is going to be used is that had these groups not spent the money, the GOP would have suffered major losses. For the past several months, even | Read More »

Air Force Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhh

Air Force One turned to Air Force Waaaaahhhh yesterday in Atlanta. Barack Obama tied up lunch time traffic in the Peach State once again while he milked it for money. During a public speech, President Obama formally abdicated his role as Commander in Chief to become Chief Victim. Those dirty Republicans are outspending him, he cried to a sympathetic audience.

In fact, this may be the first time Barack Obama has ever been outspent and he just can’t handle rejection.

In 2008, the Annenberg Public Policy Center reported that Barack Obama outspent John McCain 3 to 1 and “raised more money than anyone in the history of U.S. politics.”

Turn about would be fair play except the present President has the temperament of a four year old and the skin of an onion. Consequently, he is forced to whine.

The simple truth is that rich leftists have not continued being rich leftists by being stupid. Even rich leftists will not throw good money after bad. People are, right now, voting with their wallets to reject Barack Obama and the trend will, hopefully, continue.

Bluntly, had Barack Obama not spent the past three years implementing policies that lowered the standard of living of many of his most ardent supporters, his supporters might have more money to give.

Now he’ll just tour the country whining.