$1M to see a cabinet secretary? New Obama ruling reopens the door
President Obama's decision to encourage his donors to give to a super PAC does more than just empower an outside group looking to level the playing field with Republican groups.
It also opens to the door to a kind of influence peddling that was banned a decade ago under a landmark campaign finance law — with ramifications that go far beyond the scope of the Citizens United case that the White House professes to disdain. By granting permission for White House staffers and Cabinet secretaries to appear at super PAC events, the White House has returned to a system where corporate donors, unions and other wealthy individuals are able to pay big money for access to policymakers, lawmakers and key administration aides. >>>
This means that the pro-Obama super PAC could offer big money sit-downs between top donors (including unions and corporations) and cabinet secretaries or top White House staffers. >>> That system came to an end with the McCain-Feingold law in 2002, subjecting the national parties to limits on spending.
With the Obama administration’s decision, this system has essentially returned — with super PACs replacing the parties as the entities that receive the donations. And super PACs are free to accept corporate donations or union money >>>
“The president has been unequivocal in his opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision >>> ” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.
So I guess since 0bama claimed that Citizens United was such a threat to Democracy he needed to go even further than what the CU decision had originally opened the door to.