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After railing against super PACs, Obama embraces secretive elements of unlimited money system

By Josh Lederman | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections.

Now as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he’s embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system, drawing charges of hypocrisy from good-governance advocates who say the public deserves to know what Obama’s saying and to whom he’s saying it when donors pay for a few minutes with the president.

… Just hours earlier, Obama was at a nearby hotel for a fundraiser benefiting the House Majority PAC, a super PAC that works to elect Democrats. The news media were kept out and White House declined to release any details about who showed up and how much they had contributed, making it impossible for the public to know what agenda they might be pushing during their few minutes of face time with Obama.

“I would only ask that you judge us by our record and that of our predecessors,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. “Without a doubt, I think we’ve done more to achieve the president’s commitment to transparency than any other previous administration.”

But Kathy Kiely, managing editor of the good-government group the Sunlight Foundation, said shrouding Obama’s super PAC fundraisers in secrecy only raises questions about what he or the super PAC is trying to hide.

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