Democrats joining GOP on anonymous donor bandwagon

After seeing Democratic candidates battered in 2010 by Republican groups that raised money from anonymous donors, supporters of President Barack Obama are forming similar organizations in preparation for his 2012 re-election bid, Jeanne Cummings reports at Politico.

The move reflects a reversal of Obama’s past rejection of outside money and criticism of anonymous donations made legal last year by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, Cummings says.

“While we agree that fundamental campaign finance reforms are needed, Karl Rove and the Koch brothers cannot live by one set of rules as our values and our candidates are overrun with their hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Bill Burton, a former White House spokesman and co-founder of the new organizations, Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action.