Bullock blasts Biden for being open to super PAC funding

Bullock blasts Biden for being open to super PAC funding
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Presidential candidate and Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockObama's former chief economist advising Buttigieg The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says Dems shouldn't hold public hearings The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race MORE (D) blasted former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE for reversing his stance on super PACs.

Bullock called out Biden after reports emerged that his former aide filed paperwork to form a super PAC a week after the Biden campaign indicated its openness to super PAC money.

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“You don’t ‘Unite the Country’ by buying an election,” Bullock said in the release. “Vice President Biden and I are fighting for similar core values, but as long as super PACs and dark money groups are able to flood our elections with millions of dollars, Washington won’t be able to make true progress on the big issues facing our country.”

The Montana governor called the news about Biden “deeply disappointing.”

“I’ve spent my entire career fighting to get Big Money out of politics, and I’m not going to back down now,” he said in the release.

Bullock also touted his own record in fighting “Big Money,” saying he passed “the most progressive finance disclosure laws in the country,” and he’s been described as the “biggest threat to Citizens United.”

Progressives were also quick to criticize Biden after his campaign signaled that super PAC money might be necessary to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE. Candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (I-Vt.) have vowed not to take money from super PACs, opting instead to fundraise mostly from small donors. 

However, Biden defended his stance earlier Tuesday in an interview with MSNBC, saying his campaign’s announcement last week was an “understandable response” for people who want Trump out of the White House.

“His folks are spending an awful lot of money … telling lies about me,” Biden said on MSNBC. “My guess is they would have done the same thing for anybody who was attacked in the Democratic primary if they were leading.”

The Biden campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.