Politico: Hillary Clinton backers defend link to PAC


“There are a lot of political operatives out there who are just viewing the 2016 cycle as the wild west because the sheriff at the FEC is asleep, not enforcing the law. I have no doubt that’s part of the calculus of many political operatives and players in this cycle,” said Paul S. Ryan of Washington’s Campaign Legal Center, who has already filed campaign finance complaints against Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, and Martin O’Malley this year — and who said he may file one against Clinton. But “rather than file complaints, if history is a guide, Republican operatives and their candidates may just jump on the bandwagon and do the same thing.”


So complaints from groups like Ryan’s, which aren’t affiliated with candidates or parties, may remain the only formal ones dogging the Clinton camp for now.

“If Correct the Record gets away with what it is trying to do, what’s left that a campaign can’t outsource?” asked Ryan.

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