NEWTON, Iowa--New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, told Iowans gathered around him to expect to soon see ads from a super PAC called "America Leads." Christie said the group is run by a friend of his to support him.
But Christie also said before about 60 people at his campaign event at the Raceway Cafe in Newton that he actually would like to see the end of super PACS, the organizations that can accept unlimited amounts of contributions. "There's going to be money in politics," Christie said, "The question is...am I bought?"
Christie said he would rather see the country allow people to give unlimited amounts to federal candidates, instead of a $2,700 cap for a primary election campaign (and an additional $2,700 for the general election campaign). He added that he would like to see the rules require candidates then disclose all donations within 24 hours. Christie said that will help voters track whether big donors have too much influence on the candidates they support. "If all of a sudden you see that I got a million dollar check from someone in a particular industry," Christie told his crowd.
He said that if he then returns to Iowa weeks later and changes his position on an issue, "Well, you can draw whatever conclusion you would like to draw from that."