Senate Democrats decried the influx of millions in unregulated dollars in the 2012 elections, announcing Wednesday that they will hold hearings looking into the impact of super PACs. New York Sen. Charles Schumer, Democrats’ messaging chief in the Senate, announced that the Rules committee will begin hearings this month on super PACs. Joined by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN), Schumer pointed to Mitt Romney’s victory in Florida’s Republican primary as evidence of the outsize influence of super PACs. He then bashed Karl Rove-tied groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS for raising money by the millions without having to disclose all of its donors.
“It doesn’t pass the smell test to say some of these groups aren’t coordinated,” Schumer said, pointing to the example of a super PAC in favor of Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, an erstwhile GOP presidential contender, which was funded by Huntsman’s father.
A number of super PACs made their filings with the Federal Election Commission by midnight last night, a deadline that Schumer said was “laughable.” The New York senator said it made more sense to disclose those records before voters participated in January’s Republican primaries. “We think the disclosure should be as instantaneous as possible. The voters deserve to know the ugly truth of whose behind these Super PACs,” he told reporters. Schumer also didn’t spare Democrats, who also have used super PACs.
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