CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Super PAC fundraiser Paul Begala climbed atop a table and told a roomful of VIP donors that “giving until it hurts” isn’t good enough.
“I want you to give until it feels good,” he said, because it will “really hurt” to wake up Nov. 7 with Republican Mitt Romney on his way to the White House.
The high-profile Democratic operative was addressing donors at a cocktail party in downtown Charlotte Tuesday, just blocks from the convention hall where Democrats unveiled a platform that condemns big-money politics.
If elected, Romney and his fellow Republicans will “repeal the 20th century,” Begala told the room.
Begala was one of President Bill Clinton’s chief strategists and is now a top adviser to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that is seeking to re-elect President Barack Obama.
Created in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010, super PACs can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions to be used to pay for political ads.
Democrats, who are being badly outraised by Republicans in the super PAC race, have criticized them, including Begala.
“I want to live in an America without super PACs,” Begala said, shortly before announcing that Priorities USA Action had raised a record $10 million during the month of August.
Democrats have defended their reluctant embrace of the political organizations, saying if they don’t create their own it will amount to unilateral disarmament.
“If [former Soviet leader Nikita] Khrushchev has nuclear weapons, I want President [John F.] Kennedy to have them too,” Begala said.