Joe Biden recently reversed his position on taking money from super PACs.
He had no choice, as his campaign is hurting for cash. This week on MSNBC, he tried to claim that his new PAC is grassroots support.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Biden: My New Super PAC Is ‘Grassroots’
Former vice president Joe Biden said that a new super political action committee founded by his ex-aide is a “grassroots response” to his presidential campaign.
On Tuesday, Biden told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell that he stood by his pledge to reject super PAC donations, characterizing the super PAC Unite the Country as a grassroots movement. He said the new pro-Biden super PAC, founded by former aide Larry Rasky, is made up of “Democrats who desperately do not want” President Donald Trump reelected in 2020.
“There’s been a grassroots response out there to the fact that Trump has gone out and decided to not only ask the Russians and the Chinese to get involved in making sure I’m not the nominee, but he has—his folks are spending an awful lot of money,” Biden said. “He’s raised a lot of money, they tell me over $10 million spent in advertising so far, telling lies about me. And so this is an understandable response from Democrats who desperately do not want to see him re-elected president.”
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When Biden calls his PAC grassroots, it’s simply not true. Not even close.
The Intercept reports:
JOE BIDEN’S SUPER PAC IS BEING ORGANIZED BY CORPORATE LOBBYISTS FOR HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, WEAPONS MAKERS, FINANCE
In an effort to revive Biden’s prospects, prominent supporters of the former vice president are mobilizing to establish a Super PAC, a bid that the Biden campaign appeared to endorse on Thursday, according to a report in Bloomberg. The move represents a reversal from earlier this year, when Biden rejected support from Super PACs, which can receive unlimited donations from corporations or individuals.
Though Biden has pledged not to take contributions from registered lobbyists, the prohibition appears not to apply to big-dollar organizers of his Super PAC. Among the individuals involved with the effort are several lobbyists for leading corporations and foreign governments.
Longtime Biden supporter Larry Rasky, one of the people involved with the big-money effort, is the founder of lobbying firm Rasky Partners, which is currently registered to lobby on behalf of Raytheon, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and the Republic of Azerbaijan, among other clients.
Does Biden think no one has access to this information?