Biden campaign says it doesn't want support from super PACs

Biden campaign says it doesn't want support from super PACs

Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE’s presidential campaign said Saturday it does not welcome support from super PACs after a report from The Hill revealed that Biden allies are launching a political action group to boost his campaign.

".@JoeBiden does not welcome support from super PACs," Biden campaign communications director and deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted Saturday.

The tweet came in response to news first reported by The Hill that Democratic fundraiser Matt Tompkins has filed paperwork to create the For the People PAC with hopes of raising tens of millions of dollars to back Biden’s presidential bid.

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Biden's campaign distanced itself from the effort, which comes as several of his primary opponents such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBloomberg apologizes after critics say his calling Booker 'well spoken' was racist Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWhite House, Congress near deal to give 12 weeks paid parental leave to all federal workers Bloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Harris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day MORE (D-N.Y.) have eschewed donations from corporate PACs and lobbyists.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenArtist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (D-Mass.), who has gone as far as saying she will avoid private fundraisers and one-on-one meetings with big-dollar donors, separately sent an email to supporters on Friday swiping at Biden for attending a "swanky private fundraiser" this week.

Biden previously said his campaign will not take money from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists.

The Biden allies launching the super PAC acknowledged that they would almost surely face criticism from members of the party.

"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," Tompkins told The Hill. "You won’t win in 2020 by unilaterally disarming."

The super PAC will run local and national media ads for Biden and create Facebook ads that direct potential donors straight to the campaign’s website.

Super PACs can’t coordinate with campaigns, and candidates can’t dictate whether outside groups form to support them. 

Biden’s campaign has already hit the ground running, announcing Friday it had raised $6.3 million in its first 24 hours, more than any other Democrat's first-day fundraising haul.