USA Today: Conservative candidates make odd fundraising alliance with a D.C. PAC


FreedomWorks’ fundraising partnership with Mandel and others could give the group special leverage with the participating candidates, said Brendan Fischer, an election law expert at the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for tougher campaign finance laws. He said they may “feel a degree of gratitude” if this arrangement helps plump up their campaign coffers.

“If FreedomWorks needs something or there’s something at the top of their agenda … they want passed or blocked, it’s reasonable to presume the candidates who benefit from the joint fundraising committee are going to weigh that factor heavily in their decisions,” he said.

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