April 14th, 2011
03:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Independent groups expected to rake in hundreds of millions


Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama kicks off the 2012 money race with a series of well-publicized re-election fundraisers in Chicago, Democratic operatives are quietly crisscrossing the nation to raise big money for new independent expenditure groups.

All told, these Democratic third-party groups aim to raise up to $200 million in outside money - that's in addition to the $1 billion Obama's fundraisers set as their campaign goal. The number and size of the independent expenditure groups ballooned last year, thanks in part a Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited contributions by corporations.

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  1. Sniffit

    "Democratic operatives are quietly crisscrossing the nation to raise big money for new independent expenditure groups."

    That's what is called bait. How long until we get some jackhole GOPerfish lunging at it with conspiracy theories and a reference to ACORN? Tick tock...

    April 14, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Aaahhh, Conservatives have NO IDEA how engaged we've been in preparing for Obama-Biden 2012.
    But they will...........

    April 14, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    That Supreme Court decision, was absolutely, bad for this country.

    April 14, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "Operatives"? I guess. Sounds kinda sneaky. Is this anything like fighting fire with fire?

    April 14, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    [The number and size of the independent expenditure groups ballooned last year, thanks in part a Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited contributions by corporations.] And brought to you by the Republicans!!! LOL

    Yes, I will be out there campaigning and I will donate what I can – Yes We Can!!!

    Now the Republicans are complaining because President Obama announced he is running for President too early!!

    April 14, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |