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On Campaign Finance, Romney Thinking Ahead

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, walks out to take questions from reporters after campaigning at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, S.C., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

January 17, 2012
As my colleague Chris Frates wrote after the presidential debate Monday, Mitt Romney unexpectedly suggested during the event he would like for so-called "Super PACs" to "disappear" in favor of a system that allowed candidates to receive uncapped but transparent contributions. The comment rang a little hollow for the ex-governor, whose own outside group has spent millions of dollars on TV ads and has been the subject of vociferous criticism from his opponents, particularly Newt Gingrich. 
Well, a new poll unveiled Tuesday shows that even if Romney seemed disingenuous, he was at least being politically astute. A Pew Research Center survey reported that the influx of unregulated money into this year's election is deeply unpopular with the public, and, somewhat surprisingly, even among Republicans. 
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