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CNN: Independent groups expected to rake in hundreds of millions

As President Barack Obama kicks off the 2012 money race with a series of well-publicized re-election fundraisers in Chicago, Democratic operatives are quietly crisscrossing the nation to raise big money for new independent expenditure groups.

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American Bridge 21st Century, will provide opposition research and communications for Democratic races for Congress and the presidency. Founded by conservative-turned-liberal activist David Brock and chaired by former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, it has a more far-reaching goal. In a statement to CNN, Rodell Mollineau, its president, says he hopes hopes to build the group “into an enduring political research and communications powerhouse.”

Chris Harris, spokesman for American Bridge, tells CNN, “We are investing in a massive war room so we can define (GOP) candidates before they define themselves.”

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