Democrats form Super PAC
April 13th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
11 years ago

Democrats form Super PAC

Washington (CNN) – Trying to combat the financial advantage they say dramatically helped Republicans last year, Democratic activists Wednesday started another so-called "Super PAC," this one aimed at helping them regain control of the House of Representatives.

House Majority PAC will be able to accept unlimited funds. The names of their donors will be reported to the Federal Election Commission.

Recently Democrats launched two other independent party organizations: American Bridge 21st Century, which will be involved in a variety of races, and Majority PAC, which is aimed at helping Democrats regain the Senate. These groups cannot coordinate strategies with party committees.

"The House Majority PAC is committed to building a long-term organization that can take on the Republican outsider groups for the House Majority," said Alixandria Lapp, the group's executive director. The organization's staff is comprised of several veteran officials involved in helping elect House Democrats.

Several major groups which have supported Republican candidates in the past, including American Crossroads, are expected to play a major role in the 2012 election.

"We're gonna be extremely focused on trying to take back the Senate majority, and we're going to do our best to defend and I think we will hold the House majority next year," American Crossroads President Steven Law told CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin. "It's for everything from phones to mail to lists to voter turnout effort to being on television trying to persuade people." Law said Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS is aiming to raise $120 million for next year's election.

Democrats said their candidates need more help to get their messages out especially as the budget battles take center stage in Washington and to confront the large number of independent committees aligned with the GOP.

"You have to do something about it," Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the new committee, told CNN. He acknowledged with the Republicans' House majority and its financial advantages when you include these outside groups "it's not going to be easy…(that is) why we are starting so early."

The Democratic House congressional arm spent more than $20 million more than their House counterparts last year but still they only control 193 seats in the House compared to Republicans' 241.

Experts predict the amount spent by independent committees for next year's election will dwarf the almost $300 million spent by organizations not aligned with parties last year.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Bill in California

    YOU'RE GOING TO NEED a whole lot more than $$$ to turn this political Tsunami around. You were handed a golden opportunity in 2008 do effect the changes that the majority wanted like jobs and fiscal soundness. It wasn't the poison pill a.k.a. OBAMACARE. Your class war message is old and worn out its welcome. It is the only thing 'TRANSPARENT' about you left leaners. No amount of $$$ and LIPSTICK is going to help keep you HOGS at the TAXPAYER TROUGH. Enough is enough.

    April 13, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Marry

    Good move!!! You need to straighten up and inform the public what the difference is between the GOP/TP and the DNC! But, please, stay polite. Don’t go the road the GOP/TP loves to take – lies, smears, personal attacks, etc. etc. I count on you to spend the money wisely!

    April 13, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. NC

    Yes We Can in 2012. Vote Democrat.

    April 13, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's about time Democrats got off their butts and put in some real hard work and not expect President Obama to do it all for them in their final hour. That's why they lost the House, they didn't help Mr. President.

    April 13, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. robert rudd

    being a poverty level 53 year old i am somewhat relieved that someone is honoring the promise of soc. security!

    April 13, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Thank you Supreme Court for allowing unlimited money to

    corrupt our government.

    April 13, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Just Vote

    how can I help?

    April 13, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Josylad

    Being focused on their principles and let the people really know what they stand for will make the difference

    April 13, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Jay

    That's right. Fight back. Don't let the "conservative judges" on the Supreme Court give the edge to Republicans. Fight back. Raise twice as much as them and use this decision to bring back Democrats as the majority and defeat the right-wing special interests. Fight back using their own edge!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 13, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. devonshire

    More ways to dilute the political landscape. It is getting tougher to figure out who is coming from what organization. What the affiliation is and it is obvious it is another tool to move money around to either achieve a greater impact on the electorate or build a bigger treasure chest. Doing more of the same will not always work and creating more political action committees may well be counterproductive over the long term.

    April 13, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |