Joe Biden, the latest Democrat to get into the 2020 presidential primary, does not want help from the political action committees known as "super PACs" in winning the election.
Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted in response to a report from The Hill that Biden allies are preparing a super PAC “@JoeBiden does not welcome support from super PACs.”
.@JoeBiden does not welcome support from super PACs— Kate Bedingfield (@KBeds) April 27, 2019
The former vice president joined a handful of hopefuls chasing the Democratic nomination, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont; Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts; Kamala Harris, of California; Cory Booker, of New Jersey; and Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, who have all said they will not accept money from either corporate PACs or federal lobbyists.
The rejection of super PAC money by Biden will likely have no affect on the super PAC's formation, as campaigns are not allowed to coordinate with them in any way.
Biden declared Thursday in an announcement video that he would be joining a Democratic field of 20 candidates. In the first 24 hours, his campaign raised $6.3 million, topping the entire field, including former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s $6.1 million and Sanders’ nearly $6 million.
Warren criticized Biden’s fundraising Friday saying he had outraised her whole first quarter in one day in part by attending a “swanky private fundraiser.”