Lawyer behind Super PAC ruling launches his own
The conservative lawyer who helped end political spending limits for corporations has now taken advantage of new campaign finance rules that allow “Super PACs” by launching one of his own.
Republican James Bopp, who advised Citizens United in its case to eliminate restrictions on campaign contributions by companies and unions, filed paper work last week with the U.S. Federal Election Commission to create his USA Super PAC.
The move opens the door for the Republican National Committee vice chairman to help boost Mitt Romney just as he solidifies his lead in the party’s primary fight.
Bopp had been the legal muscle for a Super PAC for Romney’s main rival Rick Santorum, called Leaders for Families, but threw his support behind the wealthy former businessman in February. Santorum suspended his campaign on Tuesday.
The Indiana lawyer represents a number of conservative clients including the National Right to Life Committee and Focus on the Family, so his PAC could help steer donations from the more Evangelical wing of the Republican Party. It might also attract former Santorum supporters.
Still, it’s not clear who will donate to one of the latest PACs to emerged since the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United vs. FEC or how Bopp will use its funds. Calls to his law firm were directed to his cell phone, which did not allow a voicemail. He did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
Hat tip to Reuters reporter Alexander Cohen.