In response to Mark Duclos’ letter concerning Lisa Brown and PAC money (“PAC money, what’s the crime?” July 28, 2018), Mr. Duclos would have you believe that the 5th District is comprised of a bunch of rubes who know nothing about the Citizens United case. I suspect that is far from the truth.
The court took a narrow issue and wrote an opinion which has had far-reaching implications for campaign financing. Corporations and labor unions (excluding teachers and public-sector unions) are still prohibited from making direct contributions to federal candidates. That being said, they can and do make contributions to PACs. In fact, there are those who believe the Citizens United case is responsible, among other things, for the creation of super PACs.
Yes, PACs are legal. They are formed by people who share common interests and goals, i.e., special interest groups. The fact that Lisa Brown chooses not to take PAC money mitigates any presumption that she might be obligated to special interest groups. Good for her.