Super PACcadillos (Mitt Romney Edition)

Blowback on the smashmouth Romney GOP presidential primary campaign.

1) Via ABC’s The Note:

WATCHDOG GROUP ACCUSES PRO-ROMNEY SUPER PAC OF BREAKING THE LAW. ABC’s Matt Negrin notes that a group that fights for campaign finance disclosures formally filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, claiming that the “super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney is illegally showing an ad from the candidate’s 2008 run for president. Last week, the PAC, Restore Our Future, began rerunning an ad from 2008 about Romney’s effort to help find a missing 14-year-old girl in New York City. The only difference between the two ads is that in the old one, Romney says at the end, “I’m Mitt Romney, and I approved this message.” In the new one, a woman says, “Restore Our Future is responsible for the content of this message.” The overlap is an example of the muddied rules that are supposed to govern super PACs, nominally independent groups that can spend and raise unlimited amounts of money for candidates. The FEC says that super PACs are forbidden from “coordinating” with campaigns over details on how to spend money for ads, but the regulation is difficult both to enforce and explain.

(See also Campaign Outsider’s post here.)

2) Via Politico Playbook:

NEWT’S PREEMPTIVE DOCTRINE: “Gingrich Campaign Advisors Issue ‘Call to Conscience’ in Letter to Newspaper Editors in Super Tuesday States: Say Romney False Attack Ads Could Corrupt Politics for a Generation, Cite Romney’s ‘near Pavlovian reflex of lapsing into falsehoods in order to rearrange reality to his liking’ … Two senior advisers to NEWT 2012 [retired U.S. Reps. Robert Walker and J.C. Watts, on ‘NEWT 2012’ stationery] sent a letter [yesterday] to [publishers and editorial-page editors] of several newspapers in five of the upcoming primary and caucus states [Washington, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Ohio] calling on newspaper publishers and editors to critically evaluate the impact that Governor Romney’s campaign is having on the integrity of America’s political system. … ‘The purpose of this letter is to ask you to look at the facts we include, … and if you agree about the threat they pose to the integrity of the electoral process we ask that you use the mighty voice of America’s newspapers to warn voters about Governor Romney’s attempt to use money and mendacity to secure the Republican nomination.'” See the letter.

File under: Rubbing Their Face with a Brick.

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