Even so, Viveca Novak, spokeswoman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog, called the new group “another way that funders can kind of ingratiate themselves with people in power.”
“We think that disclosure [of the group’s donors] is critical,” Novak said.
Andy Smith, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, said it was uncertain how effective the new group would be.
“I don’t know what the strategy will be to move people and the tactics that they are going to use,” Smith said. “But it’s interesting and certainly a way to capitalize on the networks of people they have. It’s like the machine is built and still together, why not try to use it?”