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Bill Clinton asked to help shore up one of those super PACs Dems don’t believe should exist

By Doug Powers  •  April 22, 2012 03:30 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

While Nancy Pelosi is busy trying to amend the US Constitution to disallow things like super-PACs — those fundraising vehicles President Obama has referred to as threats to democracy — a pro-Obama PAC is lagging big time. As a result they’re calling in the heavy artillery:

The main super PAC backing President Barack Obama’s re-election has asked former President Bill Clinton to step in to court donors whose reluctance to give has left its fundraising far behind its Republican counterparts, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Clinton is likely to assist the super PAC, called Priorities USA Action, whose anemic fundraising total thus far has unnerved the Obama campaign and senior Democrats.

The super PAC reported Friday that it had raised $4.6 million in the first three months of the year, including $2.5 million in March. Since it was created a year ago, Priorities and a related nonprofit had raised $10 million through the end of February.

By contrast, the leading Republican super PAC, American Crossroads, announced it had raised $100 million for the 2012 elections along with its sister group, Crossroads GPS.

Almost a quarter of the money raised by Priorities USA has come from Bill Maher. The cash will now be used to fight against those Republicans who say nasty things about women or something.

In addition to his super-PAC duties, Clinton will also be campaigning with Obama in the coming week.

Priorities USA Action might be having problems, but when it comes to campaign fundraising, Team Obama continues to enjoy the fruits of nonstop campaigning that are a hallmark of this presidency.

**Written by Doug Powers

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