September 8, 2015

HYPOCRISY ALERT: Clinton’s Rhetoric On Campaign Finance Nothing Like Her Record

This morning, Hillary Clinton released a new campaign finance plan that wants to overturn Citizens United, add small dollar matching funds, and have outside groups disclose their donors.

The sad irony, of course, is that Clinton—while regularly decrying “unaccountable money” in politics—has been exploiting the campaign finance system for years.

In May, The New York Times reported that Clinton would “begin personally courting donors for a super PAC supporting her candidacy” – a first for any Democratic presidential candidate.

Stretching FEC rules even further, Clinton announced later in May that her campaign would coordinate directly with the super PAC Correct The Record.

Clinton and her team all insist everything she’s doing is (barely) legal. But it should come as no surprise. In 2008, Clinton became the first candidate ever to opt out of the public financing system – a move cited for killing public financing in 2008, despite Clinton’s hypocritical claims that she supported it.