Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is facing scrutiny over ties between his campaign and a super PAC – so this past Friday he disavowed several political action committees that claimed to have raised money to support his candidacy. Trump called on them to return donations.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 25, 2015
The GOP frontrunner then made one of the best challenges you’ve ever heard of, asking other presidential candidates should do the same.
“I am self-funding my campaign, and therefore, will not be controlled by the donors, special interests, and lobbyists who have corrupted our politics and politicians for far too long,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump often touts his independence from rich contributors, but those claims have been questioned in recent weeks. The billionaire has appeared at events tied to the Super PAC Make America Great Again, several media outlets have reported, and recent Washington Post stories underscored ties between Trump’s political operation and the Super PAC.
Federal records show Trump’s campaign paying firms tied to Mike Ciletti, a Colorado-based consultant who also is working on the Super PAC. Ciletti told Politico on Thursday that he was shutting down the PAC, amid all the questions.
Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski have insisted Trump never endorsed nor worked with the super PAC.
Super PACs can raise unlimited amounts from virtually any source, but cannot coordinate their advertising spending with candidates. Trump’s candidacy has attracted an array of Super PACs that seek to use his name or campaign themes to raise money.
Trump wants to do this by the book and he wants Americans to see he’s not in this for the money, even though his detractors try to nail him on that every chance they get.
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