Romney Calls for End to Super PACs

Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 11:29 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Calling the creation of unregulated super political action committees (PACs) “a disaster,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Tuesday that campaign finance laws should be changed “to get rid” of them.
 
“Campaign finance law has made a mockery of our political campaign season,” Romney said. “We really ought to let campaigns raise the money they need and just get rid of these super PACs.”
 
The former Massachusetts governor made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” in which he was asked to respond to complaints from Newt Gingrich’s about attack ads being run against him by a super PAC created by former Romney aides. Gingrich, who leads for the GOP nomination some polls, has called on Romney to make them stop.
 
“Will you do that?” show host Joe Scarborough asked.
 
“It’s illegal,” Romney replied, noting that super PACs operate independently of campaigns and individual candidates under the campaign finance laws. “I’m not allowed to communicate with a super PAC in any way, shape, or form.
 
“My goodness, if we coordinate in any way whatsoever, we go to the Big House,” he added, referring to jail and not the White House.
 
“This is a strange thing these campaign finance laws,” Romney said. “They set up these new entities, which I think is a disaster, by the way.”

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