Super PAC Launched to Support Cory Booker
Steve Phillips, an influential San Francisco-based Democratic donor and activist, has launched a super PAC to boost Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) expected presidential campaign. Phillips says he has already raised $4 million of the $10 million he is efforting for the Dream United Super PAC. A spokesman for Booker said the Senator “continues to weigh” a run and that “any effort to draft him into the race is outside of his control and will not affect his decision.” He added: “There has been no activity on his part or that of his team to organize or endorse the creation of a super PAC.” Philips remains undeterred saying, “This is actually bigger than Cory and so those of us who are enthusiastic about what he brings and what he offers the country will continue to work to try to have him become our next president and replace the current president." He also said his PAC will focus initially on increasing turnout among people of color and liberal white voters in Southern states, with a particular focus on South Carolina. They would also skip the first two nominating contests in the overwhelmingly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Phillips’s groups spent $11 million helping Barack Obama’s successful 2008 campaign, despite a letter from Obama’s campaign asking him to “discontinue without further delay.” Accepting Super PAC money will be an issue among the candidates. Super PACs are appealing because direct donations to presidential primary campaigns are subject to strict limits ($2,700 in 2016). No limits exist, however, on the amount that can be contributed to Super PACs. More here.