The Republican nomination has been punctuated by a new form of political spending: the unlimited money super PAC. As Super Tuesday approaches super PACs backing the individual candidates for the Republican nomination have poured millions of dollars into 11 states. These groups, which are supposed to be independent of the candidates they support, have regularly spent more on television advertising than the candidates themselves and at times have overshadowed the race.
This new spending vehicle and the way it has been deployed in the Republican primary campaign has created a lot of confusion and concern about the state of our politics. How are these groups helping the candidates in Super Tuesday states? Can these groups be truly independent? What made this possible? What does this creation of the super PAC mean for politics?
Paul Blumenthal, Huffington Post money-in-politics reporter and editor of the daily newsletter HuffPost Fundrace, is here to answer those questions and any others you have about campaign finance, super PACs, and the money in the Republican primary (or the money raised by President Barack Obama). Blumenthal has worked on and covered issues related to campaign finance, lobbying, and transparency since 2006. Prior to joining the Huffington Post he was the senior writer for the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for transparency in government and provides watchdog coverage of lobbying and campaign finance.
Watch the video of the Q&A session above. It was live earlier. HuffPost Politics reporter Zach Carter moderated.