More on “Independence”—Expert Reader Responses

November 22, 2013
posted by Bob Bauer
As noted here Wednesday, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board is stymied by the question of whether an independent committee can have contact with a candidate and remain “independent” and able to make unlimited expenditures on the candidate’s behalf. The anonymous candidate seeking an opinion from the Board would like to raise money for a committee that intends to help him or her, later, on an “independent” basis. Under federal law, and subject to conditions, this is possible if the candidate has no say in how the money is spent. Reform critics think this result is indefensible. Their view of independence is that it requires complete separation of the candidate from the committee.
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