Among the many pledges from the Democratic Party presidential candidates, one of them is that multiple candidates pledged not to accept any support from political action committees known as “super PACs.” Former vice president Joe Biden said that his campaign will not accept support from a super PAC earlier in the primary race, but a former aide of his recently formed a super PAC called “Unite the Country.”
Larry Rasky, a former Biden aide who worked on his previous presidential bids, is listed as the group’s treasurer. Other Democratic operatives, some from Obama’s orbit, are in discussions to help run the super PAC.
This is yet another flip-flop by the Biden campaign, adding to the list of multiple gaffes, public misstatements, and past statements and political stances that have offended various parts of the Democratic Party’s voting base.
According to Vox, the majority of other remaining presidential candidates have sworn off super PAC support, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg did not oppose super PAC support.
Politico noted that Biden changed his tune on super PAC support as his recent fundraising numbers scared off donors and activists alike. Not only did Biden’s shift on super PAC support highlighted his campaign’s fundraising woes, but it showed how tough it is for candidates to remain consistent when times get tough on the campaign trail.
Now, it is time to add another Biden flip-flop to the list: accepting super PAC support.