This Year, the Republican Bogeymen Donors Are Real

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The handiwork of "very conservative millionaires."

The Obama administration might be in good shape attacking the anonymous donations of "very conservative millionaires," because it looks like what the secretary of State once referred to as the vast right-wing conspiracy is in full effect. In today's installment, the Times dug into a group called the American Future Fund, which has plowed millions of dollars into ads attacking Democrats but doesn't have to disclose its donors. The paper's findings (complete with flowchart) reveal that, unsurprisingly, obscure right-wing millionaires love their corporate interests:


Interviews found that the group was started with seed money from at least one influential Iowa businessman: Bruce Rastetter, a co-founder and the chief executive of one of the nation’s larger ethanol companies, Hawkeye Energy Holdings, and a rising force in state Republican politics. And hints of a possible agenda emerge from a look at the politicians on the American Future Fund’s hit list. Most have seats on a handful of legislative committees with a direct say in the ethanol industry.

Mr. Rastetter, welcome to the enemies list!

Offering Donors Secrecy, and Going on Attack [NYT]
Biden criticizes GOP outside fundraising effort [AP]