Two years ago Citizens United financed a documentary by Newt & Callista Gingrich called America at Risk. It was the typical Gingrich over the top Global War on Islam screed and par for the course for the production company most famous for the Supreme Court decision that unleashed unlimited corporate funds into the 2012 election cycle.
So what a delicious irony that Newt’s campaign has been brought to earth by the very force of Citizens United and the Super Pacs it spawned which are dumping endless negative ads on Gingrich.
The involvement of such groups can be especially damaging for candidates like Mr. Gingrich who have not raised enough money to be able to counter negative attacks with an advertising blitz of their own. Nor does Mr. Gingrich have a well-financed super PAC working on his behalf.
“The problem is the super PACs come in and spend $1 million a week blasting a candidate,” said Tim Albrecht, a senior aide to Gov. Terry E. Branstad of Iowa, a Republican. “And Newt has not been able to put an apparatus like that together.”
Live by the sword, die by the sword.