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Can the president of the USA run a Super PAC? Can they contribute to political campaigns other than their own?

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No politician with a campaign committee can run a SuperPAC. SuperPACs are not allowed to coordinate with campaign committees. So no, the president can't.

Yes, anyone can contribute their own funds to other campaigns. Certainly politicians can donate to their own campaign (without limit). And they can transfer funds from their campaign to other campaigns. Anyway, a president can certainly make a regular donation from his own funds subject to the normal limits.

Note that a SuperPAC can't contribute funds to political campaigns. It can only spend money on advertising and what are called electioneering activities. Electioneering generally includes things like registration drives and get-out-the-vote activities.

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  • Do the rules have teeth? and have they ever been used? There are some border pushing activities that have been allowed, like being a noted guest at a function hosted by superpac. So I think a flat "no" is may be misleading.
    – user9389
    Jan 30 '17 at 23:27
  • To be clear, no politician can officially and directly run a SuperPAC. But the way SuperPAC laws are, there's a lot of wiggle room there.
    – user1530
    Jan 30 '17 at 23:34
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Can the president of the USA run a Super PAC?

yes, as long as the superpac isn't his own.

Can they contribute to political campaigns other than their own?

yes, as campaign contribution is a form of political speech, constitutionally guaranteed for everyone.

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  • Can you source the first part?
    – user9389
    Jan 31 '17 at 0:35
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    You really need to put some sourcing on your answers man Jan 31 '17 at 0:38

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