Never before have so many people with so much money run for president
Fifteen White House contenders are being boosted by big-money groups run by their close allies. Most have not yet declared their candidacies but are instead hopscotching the country headlining high-dollar super-PAC fundraisers.
By blessing the groups, the aspirants have given a green light to supporters once wary of such outfits.
“There’s no question that donors are much more comfortable with super PACs,” said Austin Barbour, a Mississippi-based strategist who is running the Opportunity and Freedom PAC, which is backing former Texas governor Rick Perry. “These guys who are worth $100 million or a billion dollars now say, ‘I understand this super-PAC stuff.’ They see that the potential candidates or candidates have a ton of trust and faith in them.”