(Politico) There's a new super PAC popping up in this year's campaign: SCAM PAC.
In the presidential race, and tied to the coattails of Republican firebrand Rep. Allen West, a cottage industry has sprung up in which groups with such seemingly innocuous names as "Patriots for Economic Freedom" use high-profile campaigns and big names like West to raise money for themselves and build their email lists.
It's the inevitable, if unsightly, convergence of the Internet, tea party, the post-Citizens United campaign-finance era and the presence of a Democrat in the White House who is despised by many conservatives. Political operatives can create a PAC and corresponding website on the cheap, drop some cash to rent an email list and, voilà— in come the small-dollar contributions from grass-roots Republicans eager to support any effort aiming to turn out President Barack Obama or reelect the fiery West.
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Except those chunks of $25 and $50 don't often find their way to any serious campaigns to beat Obama or boost West.