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What Obama said then and now on super PACs

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • Associated Press
  • July 25, 2014 - 3:21 AM

As President Barack Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of unlimited funding system that he long has railed against.

What Obama and the White House said before and after he decided to start raising money for super PACs:

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"I can't think of anything more devastating to the public interest. The last thing we need to do is hand more influence to the lobbyists in Washington, or more power to the special interests to tip the outcome of elections." — Obama, January 2010, in his weekly radio and Internet address, after the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling paved the way for unlimited political contributions.

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"With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections. ... I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems." — Obama, January 2010, in State of the Union address.

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