Here’s how it works: under new federal rules, a traditional PAC and super PAC may operate under one roof. These hybrid operations can raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash to promote or oppose candidates, as any super PAC can, while simultaneously giving limited amounts of money directly to campaigns and committees, like a traditional political action committee.
Already, 11 of these hybrids have emerged, representing a range of political ideologies and purposes. They foreshadow even further tumult within the nation’s campaign finance system as the two-year anniversary of the seminal Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision arrives Saturday…
“Any PAC that doesn’t become a hybrid PAC is run by idiots. The default is going to be hybrid PACs,” said Dan Backer, the principal attorney at DB Capitol Strategies who successfully argued last year’s Carey v. Federal Election Commission case, the decision in which legalized hybrid PACs for those not tied to corporations and unions.
“It’d be ludicrous to limit your ability when you have this right,” he said. “My thought is that we’ll never say ‘super PAC’ again in 10, maybe five years.”