Under federal election law, candidates are not allowed to coordinate with the super PACs that support them. But since Hillary Clinton is not yet an official candidate, she's been coordinating with Correct the Record, a project of the Democratic-aligned super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.
The revelation comes near the middle of a Washington Post story about Democrats feeling uneasy about Clinton's press conference earlier this week:
Correct the Record — an outside political group set up specifically to defend Clinton in the media — received only a brief set of talking points from Clinton’s office instructing them to dismiss the story as silly and to compare Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account to former secretary of state Colin Powell’s use of an AOL account. The group was given no additional information for days, leaving Correct the Record founder David Brock and other surrogates to craft their own, sometimes incongruous, defenses.
Last year, the communications director for Correct the Record, Adrienne Elrod, told Mother Jones magazine that her group does not coordinate with Clinton or her staff. "We simply don't coordinate with Secretary Clinton or her staff," Elrod is quoted as saying. "We make our own decisions beginning with the decision not to coordinate."
Another pro-Clinton super PAC, Ready for Hillary, made a similar statement to the liberal publication.
"With her direct staff or family there is no coordination or communication. Being an independent group that's always something made clear to everyone and it's also commonsense," said Ready for Hillary communications director Seth Bringman.