Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said he’s willing to accept super PAC money for his presidential bid as a way to catch up to his primary opponents after his late entry in the race.
Patric said Sunday he’s not “crazy about super PAC” money, but would not stop any that form to fund his campaign.
“Look, I, we need to do some catch up. I think we need to follow and find all sorts of above board strategies to do that,” Patrick said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“If there’s a super PAC that supports you, you’re not going to tell them to stop?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked.
“No I’m not,” Patrick responded.
“If there is going to be super PAC money that supports me … the sources of that should be fully disclosed.” pic.twitter.com/tgbTGp15tl
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 17, 2019
“I will say that I would like to see any contributions to such a PAC fully disclosed…if there is going to be Super PAC money that supports me it should all be, the sources of that should be fully disclosed,” he added.
Top tier progressive candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have sworn off such super PAC donations and have been leading the field in donations with their grassroots efforts.
Former Vice President Joe Biden‘s campaign was criticized last month after he signaled an openness to accepting super PAC money, though he said would still work to end the use of Super PACs should he win the presidency.
“In this time of political crisis, it is not surprising that those who are dedicated to defeating Donald Trump are organizing in every way permitted by current law to bring an end to his disastrous presidency,” Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said in October. “Nothing changes unless we defeat Donald Trump.”
Patrick announced his presidential bid last week.