Michigan’s Weiser chairs anti-Clinton super PAC

Gary Heinlein
The Detroit News

Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser is among top GOP operatives and donors who’ve formed a new super political action committee whose goal is to criticize Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Future45 was chosen as the organization’s name because the next president will be the 45th in the nation’s history.

The super PAC, for which the Ann Arbor businessman and University of Michigan graduate serves as chairman, released this week its first anti-Hillary Clinton ads. They were to be broadcast before and after Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado.

The commercials are set to run through week on TV in Iowa and New Hampshire, and nationally on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and CNBC, organizers said while announcing the new group’s launch on Wednesday.

The ads, also available on YouTube, juxtapose a narrative of Libya as a “terrorist haven, a nation in chaos” with Clinton’s Oct. 22 congressional testimony she was “responsible for working on the policy both before and after the end of the Qadaffi regime.”

As chairman of Future45, Weiser said he’s overseeing fundraising and declined to discuss strategy. But he said the super PAC will gather and spend money on an opposition campaign to the presumed Democratic nominee at least until Republicans have chosen their own nominee

“This is making sure that we have an opportunity to get out the truth about whoever the Republican opponent turns out to be” Weiser said. “Right now, it appears to be Hillary.”

Wall Street Journal and USA Today reports indicate Future45 is one of two new groups tasked with questioning Clinton’s credentials during Republicans’ brutal sorting-out process. The concern is that Clinton’s huge lead for the Democratic nomination frees her to attack GOP contenders who are busy battling each other.

“What you have right now is Hillary without a lot of opposition and having the ability, as the president did in the last election, to start defining our candidates,” Weiser told The Detroit News. “This might help delay the process.”

Brian Walsh, former president of the issue-advocacy American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC, founded Future45 and is its president.

“Secretary Clinton's failed record as Secretary of State deserves scrutiny from voters,” Walsh said in a statement. “As Hillary Clinton reminded us last week, she was responsible for America’s disastrous Libya policy. Clinton's war left Libya a terrorist haven and a nation in chaos, and her policies left the world a more dangerous place. That incompetent leadership is hardly grounds for a promotion.”

The Clinton campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, another new group called 45Committee, categorized as a issue-advocacy organization, will have a similar mission.

Both will draw from such major Republican donors as hedge-fund billionaires Ken Griffin and Paul Singer and the family of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, according to media reports.