Democratic hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has long campaigned against election spending by super PACs. However, Warren recently ended her crusade against said PACs and is now accepting their help.
Political action committees, or Super PACs, are permitted under federal law to engage in unlimited political spending, provided that they do so independently of a campaign. They’ve also been targeted by many Democrat candidates as unethical.
“Do as I say…”
The Washington Examiner quoted Warren as saying during the New Hampshire debate just two weeks ago, “Yeah, except everyone on this stage except Amy and me is either a billionaire or is receiving help from PACs that can do unlimited spending.”
“So,” the Massachusetts senator continued, “if you really want to live where you say, then put your money where your mouth is, and say no to the PACs.”
Her website states, “In my campaign, I’ve pledged not to take money from federal lobbyists or PACs of any kind,” adding that she will stop “the practice of federal candidates taking corporate PAC money.”
Yet the Examiner is now reporting that “both Warren and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar are accepting help from super PACs.”
“…Not as I do”
On Thursday night, Warren appeared to argue that circumstances were forcing her to compromise on the principle.
“If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in. I’ll lead the charge. But that’s how it has to be. It can’t be the case that a bunch of people keep them and only one or two don’t,” she said.
“We reached the point a few weeks ago that all the men who were still in this race and on the debate stage all had either super PACs or they were multibillionaires and could just, you know, rummage around in their sock drawers to find enough money to be able to fund a campaign.”
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is by far the biggest spender in the race, having thus far laid out more than $450 million of his personal fortune on election expenses.
Bloomberg has said that he will spend as much as $1 billion in his pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination.