Axelrod Defends Obama Fundraising

Sunday, 01 May 2011 12:44 PM

By Hiram Reisner

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Former White House adviser David Axelrod says there is nothing wrong with President Barack Obama forming two independent fundraising groups designed to help in his bid for re-election, David Axelrod, Barack Obamaaccording to Politico.

Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action aim to raise $100 million through committees that levy funds from both disclosed and undisclosed donors. Raising funds from undisclosed donors is a practice maligned by the president, but Axelrod said Sunday on “Meet the Press” that barring legislative reform, Democrats have no choice and need to play on a level field with Republicans.

“Let’s be clear: This independent group that was formed was formed in response to ones that spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the last campaign to defeat Democratic candidates [with] undisclosed, large contributions,” Axelrod said on “Meet the Press.”

“We tried to pass a law through the Congress that would force them to disclose — all groups to disclose — who was giving them money so the public could see. It got 59 Democratic votes in the United States Senate. Forty-one Republicans blocked it," Axelrod added. "So now of course there's a reaction to what happened because Democrats are saying, ‘We can’t play under two sets of rules.’”

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