Corrupt Practices

Can California rein in super PACs?

Can California rein in super PACs?

Nationally, and increasingly in California, political candidates are treating independent expenditure committees as extensions of their campaigns. Sure, on paper these so-called super PACs are separate from and independent of the candidate, which is why they're allowed to raise unlimited amounts of money. But in practice, many candidates appear to be coordinating their efforts with super PACs by fundraising for the committee, sharing staff or campaign consultants and finding ways to telegraph their campaign strategies. The practice of using super PACs as an unregulated alter ego for the candidate's campaign committee is making a mockery of the law.

Super PACs were made possible by...