Election 2014: A new level of collaboration between candidates and big-money allies

by - November 04, 2014

But the rapid spread of super PACs and politically active nonprofit groups that followed the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has dramatically altered the climate. Political operatives are also taking advantage of the hands-off approach of a divided Federal Election Commission, which has not reexamined coordination rules in the wake of the 2010 ruling. “There is a lot of boldness,” said Larry Norton, a campaign finance lawyer at Venable who served for six years as the FEC’s general counsel. “It’s partly a function of very sketchy rules and regulations and little enforcement. People aren’t sure where the lines are.” In that void, candidates and independent groups have sought to bring their operations in alignment as much as possible this year.

Source: Election 2014: A new level of collaboration between candidates and big-money allies - The Washington Post

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