“We are all disgusted by the fact that you have to do this,” said Harpootlian, who chairs the South Carolina Democratic Party and is an Obama bundler. “All of us wanted to avoid it. But it’s become clear that if we don’t participate fully in the process, that we’ll not have the ability to get our message out.”
Harpootlian said the campaign’s super PAC announcement was a “great” development that’s been “well-received” by donors and fundraisers: “I’m glad to see the president reluctantly realizing that we’ve got to have parity if we’re going to compete.”
But ex-Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said the super PAC decision is “not just bad policy; it’s also dumb strategy.” Now the head of Progressives United, a PAC working to reverse the Citizens United ruling, Feingold said in a statement that “this decision will push Democrats to become corporate-lite, and will send us head-on into a battle we know we will lose, because Republicans like Mitt Romney and his friends have and will spend more money.”
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.