Same Obama who constantly decried big money in politics.
Via Politico 44:
POLITICO’s Ken Vogel and Tarini Parti report that some of President Obama’s top aides attended a recent retreat of top liberal donors planning for a super PAC and independent expendiure campaign in 2014 and beyond.
The attendees included former campaign battleground states director Mitch Stewart, director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling and White House director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson:
The three-day conference — the annual winter conference of the Democracy Alliance, an exclusive club composed of some of the biggest liberal donors — at Washington’s W Hotel featured presentations by top Obama campaign and administration officials including Mitch Stewart, Matthew Barzun, Gene Sperling and Jon Carson.
Democracy Alliance donors gave or pledged more than $14 million to super PACs and secret-money nonprofits this year after a vigorous debate about whether Democrats should participate in the wave of unlimited political spending that Republicans rode to control of the House of Representatives in 2010. Some of the left’s biggest traditional donors argued that joining the big money fight would be akin to condoning the recent court decisions that sparked it — most notably the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which Democrats up to and including Obama decried as facilitating a corporate takeover of democracy. They either abstained entirely or were slow to open their checkbooks.