By Peter Nicholas, March 14, 2012
In another sign of the White House’s embrace of the pro-Obama super PAC, David Plouffe, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, is scheduled to attend a fund-raising event later this month hosted by longtime Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.
A copy of the invitation shows the event is set for March 27th at Scarpetta restaurant in Beverly Hills.
Others set to attend are Paul Begala, a senior adviser to the Priorities USA Action super PAC, and Bill Burton, one of the group’s co-founders.
“We must continue to define what is at stake in this election,’’ a copy of the invitation reds. “Most importantly, we need to be prepared to fight back against the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove’s Crossroads (super PAC) and other Republican outside groups with the hundreds of millions of dollars they intend to spend on attack ads in an all-out attempt to defeat President Obama.’’ The invitation also describes the event hosted by Mr. Katzenberg as “an intimate dinner on behalf of Priorities USA Action.’’
President Obama had been sharply critical of super PACs, which can raise unlimited funds from individuals and corporations. In his State of the Union address in 2010, the president denounced the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case, which helped give rise to the super PACs.
“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections,’’ the president said in the speech.
But with Priorities USA struggling to keep pace with Republican counterparts, the president changed course. Last month, the Obama campaign announced that senior campaign aides and White House officials would attend super PAC events in hopes of pulling in more money.
Mr. Plouffe, whose office is a few steps from the president’s in the West Wing, attended another super PAC event in California earlier this month.