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

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

Joe BidenJoe BidenKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' US officials testify on domestic terrorism in wake of Capitol attack 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 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.