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During his first campaign for president, then-Sen. Obama struck a death blow to the public financing system for presidential elections when he decided to forego the taxpayer-funded pool of election money to go it alone without the restrictions that accompanied it.

“Anybody who saw his reversal of 2008 in taking public funding would not be surprised by this,” said Brad Smith of the Center for Competitive Politics, which supports few limits on campaign finance. “The [super PAC] system makes sense and the president is not going to go out against it, despite all of this chest-thumping about Citizens United.”