Super PAC Rejections Hurt Democratic Primary

Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses supporters at her Super Tuesday-night rally in Detroit, Mich., March 3, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
The anti-super PAC frenzy reached new heights in this year’s Democratic primary.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he 2020 Democratic presidential primary began with over 20 governors, senators, congressmen, and political outsiders vying for the nomination. The field has now winnowed to two: former vice president Joe Biden, and Senator Bernie Sanders, a 30-year member of Congress.

How did such a wide-open primary come down to the oldest, whitest, and best-known candidates? Inquiring minds may begin their investigation with the party’s turn against super PACs.

Unlike regular PACs, a “super” PAC — created ten years ago this week — can accept unlimited amounts from donors. This can include contributions from unions, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, although the vast majority

Bradley A. Smith is chairman of the Institute for Free Speech and the Blackmore/Nault Professor of Law at Capital University. He served on the Federal Election Commission from 2000 to 2005.


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