Hollywood Bucks Pour Into Liberal Campaign Groups

Monday, 01 Aug 2011 08:14 AM

By James Hirsen

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New campaign productions are coming soon to the media outlets near you.

Groups known simply as independent committees, which have the ability to raise untold amounts of campaign cash, are already buying media time in advance of the election in 2012.

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Citizen United decision, the groups can run ads minus many of the previous constraints imposed by campaign finance laws.

GOP strategist Karl Rove heads up American Crossroads, which already raised dollars and doled them out during the 2010 midterm elections. Rove's group is poised to effectively channel resources into the upcoming campaigns.

The left has taken note. Democrat groups are sprouting like ragweed with four of the organizations having announced a $10 million take for the first six months of 2011.

American Bridge 21st Century was founded by David Brock, head of the George Soros-supported Media Matters for America, which is a so-called media watchdog group that has basically been on a mission to destroy Fox News and other perceived enemies of its liberal agenda.

American Bridge has hired professional trackers who will apparently employ technology to capture GOP gaffes and potential embarrassing situations. A well-equipped war room staffed with opposition researchers will also purportedly dish political dirt to the benefit of liberal candidates.

Priorities USA Action is a group formed by former presidential adviser Paul Begala, former White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton, and former Rahm Emanuel Chief of Staff Sean Sweeney. The founders of the group have also formed an affiliated organization, Priorities USA, to round up money from donors who wish to stay anonymous.

The two Priorities groups brought in more than $5 million in the first half of 2011. Ads produced by Priorities USA have already hit the airwaves with an assault on GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Another group, Majority PAC, is a "super PAC" formed by Sen. Harry Reid staffer Rebecca Lambe and Reid's former chief of staff, Susan McCue.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Hollywood is a key source of the independent Dem group money. DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg provided a whopping $2 million to Priorities USA Action; filmmaker J.J. Abrams and his wife gave $37,500 each to American Bridge and $50,000 each to Priorities USA Action; and movie producer Steve Bing, who often donates to left-leaning groups and candidates, wrote checks for $150,000 to American Bridge 21st Century and $250,000 to Majority PAC.

Seems Hollywood's campaign finance factory is the one segment of the economy that's actually booming.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court. Hirsen is the co-founder and chief legal counsel for InternationalEsq.com. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood: www.youtube.com/user/NMHollywood

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