Washington, D.C.—Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement from David Donnelly, national campaigns director, on the launch of Priorities USA, a new Democratic outside group that plans to spend $100 million on the 2012 presidential election:
“There will be those who call the establishment of Priorities USA hypocritical. They are either trying to score political points against President Obama or are unfortunately out of touch with what it takes to make political change in this country. In order to change the rules of the game, we need to engage in the rules as they are, not as we wish they were. To act otherwise after Citizens United is to take a knife to a gunfight.
“The real measurement of a reformer is not whether you play by the rules as they exist today. It’s whether you support and push for real change. It’s against that measurement that we think the president has, so far, come up short. His recent draft executive orders show he’s willing to fight for reform, but he hasn’t lived up to his 2008 campaign pledges to press for more substantive and comprehensive changes like fixing the presidential system and pressing for the Fair Elections Now Act. So we welcome Priorities USA’s statement in support of campaign finance reform. We hope they will join us in creating a loud and clear political mandate for President Obama or any other candidate elected in 2012 to overhaul the nation’s campaign finance laws.”
In the last five election cycles, Public Campaign Action Fund and its Campaign Money Watch project, a 527 committee, have run numerous campaigns to hold politicians like former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accountable for their opposition to policies that would raise the voice of everyday people in the political process. That effort will continue into 2012.
Public Campaign Action Fund is a national nonprofit watchdog group working to improve America’s election laws and to hold elected officials accountable.