[Guest post by DRJ]
Despite past and current Obama campaign denials, the Huffington Post reports two sources indicate Barack Obama is softening on partisan attacks by liberal 527 groups:
“But on Monday two reports surfaced suggesting that a softening of Obama’s stance may already be taking place. Earlier in the day, Politico’s Ben Smith wrote that PowerPAC, a 501c4 that was initiating voter registration efforts primarily in the South and West, was planning to spend $10 million during the election. In the afternoon, FireDogLake’s Jane Hamsher reported that “a source close to the Obama campaign,” acknowledged their position on independent expenditures was changing.
“Despite actively discouraging donors from giving to groups like Progressive Media at one point, they are now taking the position that it’s nothing they have any control over,” Hamsher wrote.”
Tom Matzzie thinks using special interest groups to target constituencies is a good idea:
“Independent groups can talk to constituencies where the Obama campaign or the DNC aren’t credible messengers. The best example would be Working America and its reach into white working class communities,” said Tom Matzzie, who had headed the organization Progressive Media before starting a new group to target right wing financiers. “There are some groups that are ready to take more donations: Working America, VoteVets, the Choice groups and ACORN to name a few.”
In an amazing coincidence, Matzzie just started Accountable America that is primed to target GOP groups with actions that support Democratic candidates like Barack Obama.