Politico's Ken Vogel and Tarini Parti have an interesting look today at how Democrats—who had initially fretted aloud about the corrupting influence of outside money on democracy—have made their peace with super PAC-fueled campaign power. With the post-election euphoria settling any moral stomachaches liberals may have had, Democratic leaders are looking ahead to 2014 with high hopes.
Here's the newsy hook:
Shortly after Election Day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and top White House aides spoke at a three-day secret meeting of major Democratic donors and officials from liberal outside groups gearing up for 2014, POLITICO has learned.
Among the groups represented: Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that is vowing to remain a player in Democratic politics, even though President Barack Obama won’t run for office again; American Bridge 21st Century, the oppo shop that helped sink Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s GOP Senate bid; the Pelosi-backed House Majority PAC; the secret-money organizing nonprofit America Votes; and the pro-choice group EMILY’s List.
The technically independent groups will be largely focused on the midterm elections, but some also are reportedly eyeing a possible foray into state politics and policy fights. You can read the full thing here.
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