It's no longer just Republicans who are using the controversial Supreme Court Citizens United decision to their benefit anymore. A group of progressives have vowed to raise serious dough leading up to the 2012 election, and expect to be a major force in helping President Obama and candidates throughout the country running for Congressional seats.
Still smarting from the defeats they took in 2010, Democrats are forming new committees to take on the likes of Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and big corporations. Last week, the Washington Post reported, "A network of liberal groups formed in recent weeks is poised to spend $200 million or more in support of President Obama and other Democrats, in large part by raising unlimited donations from wealthy donors." Rove's committee, American Crossroads has already announced its goal of raising $120 million.
The groups will form what are known as "Super PACs," groups that can raise unlimited amounts of money. Some of the groups will also form non-profit arms, which will allow them to mask their donors. They will focus their attention on opposition research of Republican candidates. The new committees will be run by former aides to John Kerry, Al Gore, and Barack Obama. Game on.