If there were a picture in the dictionary next to hypocrisy, it would have Warren’s portrait at the side.
One of the big problems with PACs is not just the big money, it’s the black box nature of them.
Where is the funding coming from? Don’t ask the candidate. He or she is supposed to claim that they have no interaction with the PAC. And yet anyone donating large sums of money to a PAC, obviously expects a return on their investment from the candidate.
Warren’s PAC is buying $9 million worth of ads for Super Tuesday, as part of a bigger $14 million package.
That’s a whole lot of money.
The money is obviously not coming from small donors. Or they’d just donate to Warren. Instead it’s coming from Warren backers who can afford to plunk down five or six figures, at the least, to perpetuate her failing candidacy.
Who might those donors be? What industries do they have ties to? Good question. Don’t expect an answer.
All together, Warren — who has made the corrupting influence of dark money central to her candidacy — now has the biggest super PAC advertising in the Super Tuesday states.
Asked whether the group had any comment on where the money was coming from, Persist PAC’s spokesperson Joshua Karp texted back “no sir.”
I like the “Sir” part.
Actual disclosure, conveniently, might come after Super Tuesday’s big ad buys.
The Federal Election Commission does not require groups to file pre-election reports before caucuses. As most super PACs influencing presidential races file on a monthly basis, the groups likely won’t disclose their donors until after Super Tuesday in mid-March.
At which point the ad buys will have done their work. One way or another.