The future looks bright for liberal dark money. Democrats who were once squeamish about the world of post–Citizens United campaign finance now seem OK with the idea of getting outside groups involved in state politics and primary races. The newly hardened pragmatists convened at a three-day sub rosa gathering shortly after Nov. 6 to plan for the next round of elections in 2014, according to Politico. Representatives from Priorities USA, American Bridge 21st Century, and House Majority PAC were in attendance, among other groups. Democratic megadonors have said that they’d be willing to open up their checkbooks again too—but some say they’d still prefer Citizens United to be struck down completely.
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