February 19, 2016

Priorities USA Spending Big To Plug Cracks In Clinton’s Firewall

Once upon a time, Priorities USA, Hillary Clinton’s big money SuperPAC, was planning on saving its millions for the general election:

“Clinton gets support from unions and superPACs representing the National Education Association, Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood, among others. But the superPAC aligned with her campaign, Priorities USA Action, is saving its money for the general election. As of Dec. 31, it had $35.8 million on hand and had spent just $5.7 million – less than $400,000 of it for Clinton.”

That was then, this is now. On the eve of the Nevada caucus, Hillary Clinton’s firewall is holding up about as well as ancient Greek ruins. That means that Priorities USA has been forced to rush in and try to bail her out.

Today it was revealed that Priorities USA is spending $539,957 on radio ads in Tennessee and Georgia, two states with large African-American populations. African-Americans, along with Latinos, were once thought to be the firewall that would prevent Sanders from winning the nominations. Yet with recent polls showing Sanders making “headway with young African Americans” in South Carolina, Priorities USA must have recognized if they don’t spend now, they won’t have a nominee to spend on in a few months.