Plouffe: Outside Backers Trying to 'Purchase' White House for Romney

Alexandra Jaffe
National Journal

Senior White House adviser David Plouffe said that the millions going to support Mitt Romney’s candidacy via Republican super PACs are from “a few dozen people” looking to buy the presidency for Romney.

“You've got a few dozen people who are going to write $5 million, $10 million, $15 million, $50 million checks to try and purchase the White House on behalf of Governor Romney,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Political Capital with Al Hunt that aired on Sunday.

He pointed to donors from the oil and financial industries, though he did not mention names. "They’d like Romney in the White House because he’s going to take care of their bidding for them,” he said.

Democratic super PACS have thus far failed to raise as much money from big-check donors as Republican super PACs, a trend which concerns some Democratic operatives. The leading Republican super PAC, American Crossroads, had more than $23.5 million on hand at the end of February, compared to about $2.8 million for the leading Democratic super PAC backing Obama, Priorities USA Action, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

However, Obama's campaign has raised far more than Romney's, or that of any other candidate.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post mislabled the show David Plouffe appeared on as Bloomberg News' Political Capital with Al Hunt.

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