Republican FEC commissioners let Clinton campaign off the hook for super PAC coordination
Campaign Legal Center argued that Correct the Record’s numerous coordinated efforts to help the Clinton campaign were valuable enough to constitute illegal in-kind contributions from an outside group. Correct the Record argued it could legally coordinate with the Clinton campaign as it posted its communications online — attempting to use an FEC exception that allows for individuals and blogs to post political content on the Internet. FEC attorneys sided with Campaign Legal Center. Noting that the super PAC didn’t limit its efforts to posting content online, they recommended the commission hold both the Clinton campaign and Correct the Record in violation of campaign finance law over unreported, excessive in-kind contributions. The split decision could embolden super PACs to further coordinate their efforts with campaigns in what is already an enforcement-free atmosphere, said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at Campaign Legal Center.
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