Members of Restore Our Future, the Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, were on hand at his fundraising retreat this past weekend in Park City, Utah. The campaign insisted that they just happened to be there on their own and they were not official attendees of the event. However, Charlie Spies, the man that runs Restore Our Future was seen trolling the lobby of the event to connect with Super PAC donors.
“ROF staff were not invited, nor did they attend or participate [in] the retreat,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “As with members of the media, they may have been in public spaces, and the campaign did not control that. We are fully aware of the law and comply with it completely.”
Also attending and participating was Karl Rove, head of the Super PAC American Crossroads and its affiliated front group (phony non-profit “social welfare” organization), Crossroads GPS. Both Rove organizations have raised millions to buy ads against President Obama.
Romney’s Super PACs – that are, by law, not allowed to coordinate with the campaigns – are attending his campaign fundraisers, speaking at campaign events, and are run by former campaign employees. This is the state of American democracy since the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court that created Super PACs. And the billionaires are lining up to buy their candidate.