Minnesota Public Radio: Sen. Franken, challenger McFadden complain about big money but still rake it in
Such funds aren't new, but they have proliferated in recent years. After another Supreme Court decision earlier this year lifted the total amount a single donor can give to candidates, PACs, and other fundraising entities, they've become far more popular, said Larry Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization that focuses on campaign finance and elections.
Following the court's ruling in McCutcheon vs. the Federal Election Commission, donors still are limited in how much they can give a candidate. But joint fundraising committees allow a single donor to cut a much larger check to be divided among candidates, Noble said.
"They allow wealthy donors to give a lot more money," Noble said. "It makes sense for the candidate to partner with as many different entities as they can."
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