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Politics In A Reversal, Joe Biden Wants A Super PAC

00:25  25 october  2019
00:25  25 october  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.com

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Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign effectively dropped its longstanding opposition to receiving the assistance of super PACs on Thursday, opening the door for wealthy supporters to spend unlimited amounts of money to try and lift him in the Democratic primary.

Joe Biden 's campaign has opened the door to super PAC spending on his behalf in the Democratic primary, reversing an earlier, self-imposed ban on outside backing as Biden struggles to match rival presidential candidates in campaign cash. In a statement, Biden ’s deputy campaign manager

Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign said Thursday it would welcome help from a super PAC, a total reversal from Biden’s stance at the beginning of the campaign and a decision reflecting his diminished standing in the race.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on Oct. 23 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.© ASSOCIATED PRESS Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on Oct. 23 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Many Democrats view super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited sums and often rely on checks of tens of thousands of dollars from wealthy donors for funding, as a malignant force that represents a big-money era of politics the party is nominally dedicated to ending. Democratic candidates for president in 2020 have largely avoided super PACs, but Biden’s shift could lead more candidates to tacitly back outside groups. (Super PACs are not legally allowed to coordinate directly with campaigns, but an unkind word from a candidate is often all that’s needed to deprive them of funding.)

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In a significant reversal , Joe Biden ’s presidential campaign is giving the green light to an independent fundraising effort to boost his candidacy. Biden had previously said he wouldn't take support from outside funding groups, but the campaign points to an array of resources now aimed at defeating him.

Biden appears to drop his opposition to a super PAC . Former vice president Joe Biden greets guests at a campaign stop on Oct. Biden campaign spokesman TJ Ducklo declined to provide further clarification on the statement or to comment on why the campaign is reversing what had been a

The Biden campaign said President Donald Trump’s false attacks on the former vice president made it necessary for it to welcome the help of a super PAC. Trump, the Republican National Committee and other GOP groups have spent more than $10 million attacking Biden, with much of that money aimed at the four early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

“Donald Trump has decided that the general election has already begun,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, wrote in an emailed statement. “He and his allies are already spending massive amount of money on paid television and digital advertising to intervene directly in Democratic primaries with the goal of preventing Joe Biden, the opponent that Trump fears most, from becoming the Democratic nominee.”

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Democratic operatives are launching a super - PAC to boost Joe Biden ’s run for president, but the former vice president wants nothing to do with it. On Friday, the Hill reported that Democratic fundraiser Matt Tompkins has filed paperwork to establish the For the People political action committee to

Allies of Joe Biden are laying the groundwork for a potential super - PAC to support his presidential campaign, as the former vice president’s fundraising lags behind other Democrats, and as Republicans amass a record war chest for 2020. The Biden campaign suggested in a statement Thursday that the

“In this time of crisis in our politics, it is not surprising that those who are dedicated to defeating Donald Trump are organizing in every way permitted by current law to bring an end to his disastrous presidency,” she added. “Nothing changes unless we defeat Donald Trump.”

Bedingfield said Biden would support a public campaign finance system and a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Biden’s decision drew nearly immediate condemnation from his progressive rivals in the 2020 campaign. Adam Green, a top ally of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, said Biden was putting his reputation as a longtime ally of the middle class at risk.

“By making big-money corruption the center of how he funds his campaign, Biden severely jeopardizes his legacy as Common Man Joe that he spent decades cultivating,” Green said. “If Biden cares about defeating Trump, he should not open the door to billionaires and corporations flooding the primary and should make clear he does not want his supporters to use big money to attack other Democrats.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is rejecting the help of a super PAC formed to support his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Super PACs are allowed to raise and spend unlimited sums ― often collected from wealthy donors ― on behalf of a political candidate, provided they do

The campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who attacked Hillary Clinton over her support from super PACs during the 2016 presidential election, aimed a similar volley at Biden.

“The former Vice President has been unable to generate grassroots support, and now his campaign is endorsing an effort to buy the primary through a super PAC that can rake in unlimited cash from billionaires and corporations,” Sanders campaign manger Faiz Shakir said. “That’s not how we defeat Trump. It’s a recipe to maintain a corrupt political system which enriches wealthy donors and leaves the working class behind.”

Biden’s decision comes as he falls behind the other candidates in the money race. His campaign has just $9 million on hand, the fifth-highest total in the 2020 Democratic primary field. Sanders has $33.7 million in the bank, and Warren has $25.7 million. Even South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris, who are both well behind Biden in public polling, have more campaign funds than he does.

It’s not clear if Biden will appear at fundraisers for the super PAC.

Biden has a long history as a campaign finance advocate, and has been fiercely critical of super PACs in the past. During an appearance on “PBS NewsHour” in 2018, Biden said he told Sanders not to create a super PAC during his 2016 run.

“I’m the guy that told him, you shouldn’t accept any money from a super PAC, because people can’t possibly trust you,” Biden said at the time. “How will a middle-class guy accept you if you accept money?”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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