Rick Perry & Thrust (PAC Man Edition)

While most restrictions on independent advocacy groups have been stripped away by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, one has remained: that PACs, Super PACs, 501(c)4 organizations and etc. (primer here) cannot coordinate their advertising with a candidate’s ad campaign.

Except, perhaps, when they do.

From Ben Smith’s excellent Politics and Media blog for Politico:

Perry ad features SuperPAC footage

The last shred of regulation preventing unlimited money from flowing into presidential campaigns is the requirement that campaigns not “coordinate” their communications with Super PACs and the other independent groups pouring money into that race.

Rick Perry’s campaign for president appears to be testing the limits of that regulation: In its Thanksgiving video, the campaign uses two clips from an slickly produced advertisement aired on Perry’s behalf by Make Us Great Again, a SuperPAC run by a longtime Perry associate, Mike Toomey.

Smith then delivers a sharp compare-and-contrast-in-clear-idiomatic-English of the two.

Make Us Great Again TV spot:


Perry Thanksgiving video:

See Smith’s analysis for the details.

Most of the presidential hopefuls have a back-PAC: Perry’s is Make Us Great Again, Mitt Romney has Free & Strong America, Jon Huntsman has his Dad-funded Our Destiny PAC, and etc.

On their own, they’re dangerous enough.

Coordinating with the candidate – that’s deadly.

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1 Response to Rick Perry & Thrust (PAC Man Edition)

  1. las artes says:

    When it comes to possible coordination between a super PAC and an official campaign, it is difficult to prove whether rules are being broken. And many super PACs are run by allies and longtime friends of the candidates, so they may not need to communicate directly with the campaign to know what would be helpful to their preferred candidate.

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