Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Romney Is Lying About His "Super" PAC

Romney's Super PAC, Restore Our Future, is currently bombarding Iowa airwaves with negative ads about Newt Gingrich, who he sees as his top threat (as he can both communicate effectively and isn't so extreme to scare away more centrist Republicans).  Of course he claims he has nothing to do with it and couldn't stop it if he tried.   On the Joe Scarborough show he said "my goodness, if we coordinate in any way whatsoever, we go to the big house".  Of course, this is all a lie.  As a former head of the Federal Election Committee, Trevor Potter, stated:

"Nothing prevents [Romney] from simply saying he doesn't want the ads run or from criticizing the super PAC for doing it. Romney is correct that candidates are prohibited from coordinating the content or targeting of advertising with these outside groups, but that is a very narrow prohibition.  The only prohibition is the candidate cannot coordinate with the super PAC on what they put in the ads or where they run them. He can certainly call on them to stop the ads, and that would not constitute illegal coordination."

So his whole "I can't do anything legally to stop it" is a complete lie.  Also, you have to remember that Restore Our Future was not started by concerned citizens who happen to just really like Romney, it was formed by three Romney campaign insiders, Carl Forti, Charlie Spies & Larry McCarthy.  In the last run, Forti was Romney's National Political Director, Spies was Romney's CFO and Counsel and McCarthy was on his media team.   These were people that were integral parts of the previous campaign.  Something tells me that if he wanted something stopped, it would be stopped.  

His latest defense, that Obama is going to do it too, is about as bad a defense.  Doesn't he remember that Republicans don't like Obama, not the way he governs, not the way he campaigns, not it any way shape or form?  Mitt is probably in the wrong party.

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