WikiLeaks: Clinton Camp Plotted to Circumvent Clean Election Laws

The Clinton campaign sought to use election law loopholes to maximize their coordination with independent big-money committees, all while suing the Republicans if they attempted similar tactics. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been running on a platform that includes campaign finance reform, including overturning Citizens United v. FEC, the landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed larger political speech activities for nonprofit committees. “While we believe that such a program is legally permissible, it would be breaking new ground … the media reaction to such a program could be toxic.” Despite that court decision, it is still illegal for campaigns to directly coordinate with these nonprofit committees, known as super PACs, to advocate for the election or defeat of specific candidates. Super PACs in turn can garner unlimited donations from individuals and corporations. Yet the May 2015 memo shows the Clinton campaign is talking out of two sides of its mouth, using loopholes in the law to coordinate with such committees while plotting to sue

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