National Journal: They're Not Allowed to Talk. But Candidates and PACs Are Brazenly Communicating All the Time.

Alex Roarty & Shane Goldmacher
Oct 31, 2014
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Candidates, committees, and outside-group allies are sharing more information than ever thanks to a law easily bypassed and a Federal Election Commission stuck in gridlock. 

"I have never seen anything like it," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel to the Campaign Legal Center. "I've never seen such a detailed description of a campaign's media plan blasted out to everyone."

Ryan hastened to add he also saw nothing illegal in the Tillis missive. The restrictions that bar coordination between candidates and their allies only apply to explicit communication between the two sides—a loophole that has been exploited by speaking in public ever since the proliferation of outside organizations following the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. ...

"What we're seeing here is evidence of a fully coordinated but legally allowable media campaign," Ryan said.

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