12:40 pm Mar. 8, 2012
The three main super PACs aiming to elect Democrats in 2012 are banding together.
A new filing on the FEC site establishes what might be called a super super PAC, uniting the independent expenditure committee supporting President Obama, Priorities USA Action, and with two others dedicated to electing Democrats in the House and Senate, Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, respectively.
It's called, simply, Unity 2012.
Democrats are reportedly struggling to match Republicans in the super PAC game, which Obama joined late. As of the end of 2011, Priorities USA and the (Senate) Majority PAC each had just $1.3 million on hand, and the House Majority PAC had $1.1 million, for a combined total of $3.7 million.
On a conference call yesterday, the president's top campaign advisers fretted that Republicans might spend as much as half a billion dollars through super PACs.
The combined committee comes amid some tension within the more traditional groups trying to elect Democrats. Last week, the president's advisers reportedly told the DCCC and DSCC not to expect any contributions from the re-election campaign.