Newly-leaked emails from John Podesta’s hacked account shows him making a flippant response to worries about a Super-PAC illegally coordinating with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The emails, released by the online hacktivist group Wikileaks, show a brief exchange between Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, and Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden. Tanden is a friend and frequent confidant of Clinton. In the exchange, Tanden forwards Podesta a Washington Post article about Correct the Record (CTR), a liberal Super-PAC created by David Brock.
CTR, the article said, planned to coordinate with the Clinton campaign to an unprecedented degree. It is illegal for Super-PACs to collude with campaigns, but Brock believed he could skirt this rule by focusing CTR’s efforts online, relying on a Federal Elections Commission ruling that posts made online for free do not count as “campaign expenditures.”
Tanden apparently thought this approach was worrisome. (RELATED: Is Correct The Record Suppressing Wikileaks Emails?)
“I’m not their biggest fan,” she said. “But this does seem shady.”
Podesta only provided a short, flippant response to Tanden’s concerns.
“Brock $ machine!” he said.
Brock’s ability as a “cash machine” provided limited comfort to Tanden, who bluntly said CTR could be breaking the law.
“That’s fine,” she said. “But skirting if not violating law doesn’t help her IMHO.”
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