Non-Coordination? Yeah, Right

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney’s super PAC shares quite a bit with his actual campaign.

Super PACs, the non-campaign organizations that can raise and spend unlimited amounts on influencing voters, are supposed to be independent. One of the few limits on these organizations is a prohibition from coordinating with candidates’ official campaigns.

That’s easier said than done.

The New York Times has a piece out on the fine line between the campaigns and their associated super PACs. Campaigns often share more than messaging with super PACs:

When Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign needs advice on direct mail strategies for reaching voters, it looks to TargetPoint Consulting. And when the independent “super PAC” supporting him needs voter research, it, too, goes to TargetPoint.

Sharing a consultant would seem to be an embodiment of coordination between a candidate and an independent group, something prohibited under federal law. But TargetPoint is just one of a handful of interconnected firms in the same office suite in Alexandria, Va., working for either the Romney campaign or the super PAC Restore Our Future.

Elsewhere in the same suite is WWP Strategies, whose co-founder is married to TargetPoint’s chief executive and works for the Romney campaign. Across the conference room is the Black Rock Group, whose co-founder — a top Romney campaign official in 2008 — now helps run both Restore Our Future and American Crossroads, another independent group that spoke up in defense of Mr. Romney’s candidacy in January. Finally, there is Crossroads Media, a media placement firm that works for American Crossroads and other Republican groups.

Imagine what elevator conversations are like there…

Read more:

The New York Times: Fine Line Between ‘Super PACs’ and Campaigns

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