The friends of former Vice President Joe Biden are launching a super PAC to support his presidential campaign.
Democratic fundraiser Matt Tompkins has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to establish the For the People PAC.They have a goal of raising tens of millions of dollars to support the former VP’s bid for the White House.
The super PAC will administrate local and national media ads for Biden and ensure he’ll have an activist network in all 50 states. Biden is seeking to maintain his standing at the top of the polls in the Democratic primary.
For the People will also run Facebook ads that send potential donors directly to Biden’s campaign.
The way this works is that Super PACs can’t coordinate with the campaigns and candidates can’t control whether outside groups form to support them.
Biden will almost certainly get criticized by his rivals over the new super PAC. Most of the Democratic contenders have disavowed corporate PAC money and donations from federal lobbyists.
This is no surprise to the operatives forming the super PAC, they are well aware of how the group will be received.
“While this entity will come as a surprise to some, it is no surprise that Democrats must fight within campaign finance laws as they exist, not as they wish they did,” said Tompkins. “You won’t win in 2020 by unilaterally disarming.”
Those supporting the super PAC say they understand that while Biden isn’t a fan of super PACs, it is critical that Democrats utilize the space outside the campaign to lift up the candidate they believe is most qualified to defeat President Trump.
“I applaud the effort,” said one longtime Biden ally. “It’s putting Democracy back in the people’s hands.”
The Biden campaign did not return a request for comment.
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