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President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, released a statement Monday notifying the public of their plans to support the Super PAC, Priorities USA.

A Super PAC is a political  action committee that can receive and spend unlimited amounts of money to support or oppose a particular candidate. These commitees can spend and receive monetary donations from individuals as well as corporations, businesses, etc.

Super PACs became popular following the Supreme Court decision in the “Citizens United” case in 2010. This decision allowed for such donations to be made on behalf of a political candidate and many feared that it would only add to the influence of the wealthy on government and elections.

Messina, in his statement, addresses the fact  President Obama has always been  firmly against using power and wealth to influence elections.

“It’s a trend the President has fought against, coming into office with a mission to limit special-interest influence in Washington. He put in place the most sweeping ethics reforms in history to close the revolving door between government and lobbyists. And he’s overseen the most open administration ever—reversing Bush-era policies designed to limit Freedom of Information Act requests and disclosing White House visitor records so that Americans can see how their government works.

Super PACs have the ability to receive funding without disclosure of the idenitity of the donor. In lay man’s terms, the Super PACs do not have to report where the funds are coming from.

The Republican Super PACs have been criticized for their negative campaign ads. In an article on boston.com, entitled “Super PACs fueling GOP Attack ads” , one critic says that negative campaigning, although not at the hands of the actual candidate, can still potentially hurt the eventual nominee.

Messina indicated that POTUS will continue to support a law that calls for full disclosure of details concerning monetary contributions including the amount and the origin of the donation.

President Obama plans to be transparent in his partnership with Priorities USA by offering full disclosure of contributions to his campaign as well.

Messina noted that while Senior campaign officials, as well as select Cabinet and White House Officials will be present at some Priorities USA fundraising events, neither the President, Vice President or First Lady will be in attendance as they will be focusing on the President’s campaign.

You can read the full statement from President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina,  here.


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President Barack Obama announced the deployment of U.S. troops in Iraq in a press  conference Friday morning.

Approximately 150 troops will remain in Iraq to assist with arms sales, according to CNN.

The troops will indeed be “home for the holidays”, the President said.

He praised the troops for their work in Iraq and encouraged them to celebrate their victories including the capturing and killing of Al-Queda leader, Osama Bin Laden.

He also spoke about the draw-down of troops in Afghanistan.

The president said the United States will have a “normal” relationship with Iraq and the two will continue to be “sovereign nations.”

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