What a hack.

(CNN) — David Axelrod on Sunday defended a fund-raising push on behalf of President Barack Obama’s re-election that played off the threat of a proposed Republican-backed ad plan that would have linked the president to comments made by his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

“We put out a fund-raising letter because we’re facing about a billion dollars of super PAC spending,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Our average donation is like $55. It would take 181,000 of those donations to match the one anonymous donation that Karl Rove got. And that’s why we went out and reached out to our folks, because we need to combat this kind of tactic.”

The proposed plan in question, first reported by The New York Times on Thursday, was pitched to and later rejected by billionaire Joe Ricketts, according to the Ricketts-backed super PAC and the company responsible for the plan. According to the Times, the spot in question would have linked “Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.” and would have been released around the Democratic National Convention.

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