Biden Campaign Drops Opposition to Super PAC Support – The New York Times

While the Biden campaign statement on Thursday did not explicitly embrace a super PAC, Tiffany Muller, the president of End Citizens United, which opposes big money in politics, said that Biden campaign staff confirmed that Mr. Biden was dropping his opposition to a super PAC.

“It is incredibly disappointing to see Vice President Biden completely reverse his position now that times are tough,” Ms. Muller said. “I don’t think we could say it as well as he did when he said, ‘People can’t possibly trust you’ if you accept support from a super PAC.’”

Officials involved in the pro-Biden super PAC discussions a month ago had included Larry Rasky, a former aide to Mr. Biden, Mark Riddle, a political strategist, and Philip Munger, a prominent Democratic donor.

“We intend to fight back against the lies and distortions we’re seeing now from Trump, his allies, the Russians, and the Republican Party,” Mr. Rasky said. “While other candidates have groups supporting their efforts, no other Democrat has to fight this two-front war. We know Joe Biden is the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump — and so does Donald Trump.”

The Democrats planning the pro-Biden super PAC, which include Julianna Smoot, a former top fund-raiser for Barack Obama, have also contacted Steve Schale, a Florida-based strategist, about playing a key role, according to party officials familiar with the conversations.

Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns contributed to this report.


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