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Trump gets backing from PAC, despite self-funding policy

By Ann Marie Awad   |   Feb. 12, 2016 at 7:20 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A new political action committee called TrumPAC has appeared, supporting Donald Trump's bid for the White House, despite his campaign's earlier refusal to work with such groups.

The group was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Monday and immediately began soliciting donations, telling Trump supporters in an email that their contributions "go straight to Donald Trump -- we'll eat all the processing costs so he gets 100 percent and YOU will show up on his F.E.C. report!"

The claim may be cause for concern, though, because FEC rules prohibit PACs from coordinating with candidates. However, TrumPAC has a hybrid classification, effectively allowing it two bank accounts: one to support the campaign directly -- subject to restrictions on individual donations -- and another to collect unlimited amounts of super PAC money.

Dan Backer, the group's treasurer, declined to tell The New York Times to what extent TrumPAC has worked with the Trump campaign, if any.

So far the group has spent $48,620 in support of Trump, less than a week after Backer registered the group with the FEC.

Trump has repeatedly said he does not want support from super PACs. Last year, his campaign asked an outside group by the name of Make America Great Again to shut down after it came to light that there was some staffing overlap between the PAC and Trump's campaign. Make America Great Again complied.

Although Politico reported the PAC shut down in October, there is no termination letter on file with the FEC. The group's website is also still active, albeit with no way to donate. Records show the group ended 2015 with $147, 714.61 in cash on hand.

Another pro-Trump PAC shut down in January. The Committee to Restore America's Greatness, another group, announced on Facebook it had gone offline in December. It also has no termination letter on file with the FEC.

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