Public Citizen Responds to Center for Competitive Politics Comments on PAC-Candidate Coordination

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We wrote earlier this week about a Public Citizen report that dealt with Super PACs, and which candidates they gave money to in the 2014 election cycle – and specifically, that there was coordination between the two (which is a no no).

Then we shared the response from the Center for Competitive Politics, an organization devoted to the protection of political speech under the First Amendment, which was this:

“Public Citizen’s report shows no actual evidence of any coordination between Super PACs and the candidates they support,” said Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating. ”Why is it surprising that the friend of a candidate would start a Super PAC to support that candidate? Mere suspicion is not actual evidence – it’s the stuff of a conspiracy theorists and hysterics.

Now, Public Citizen has its retort in the form of an op-ed on The Huffington Post.

Here’s an excerpt:

Our report does not level any allegations of coordination, a legal violation that can hardly be proven without being privy to private conversations. We do, however, allege that many single-candidate groups are not plausibly independent of the candidates they assisted. And that helping out a friend, as referenced by CCP, is a case in point for that thesis.

To read the whole thing, click here.

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