If Bobby Jindal makes it through to next February's Iowa GOP caucuses, he will have attended 53 town hall meeting with voters in the first state to vote in the nomination process. But his presidential campaign isn't organizing any of those events. That's being left to a super PAC supporting the Louisiana governor's candidacy, Believe Again.
It's just one of the latest examples of how campaigns and outside groups are pushing the limits that prohibit them from coordinating farther than ever. Super PACs are freed from the individual donor limits that campaigns, but they’re also supposed to exist as independent organizations that—though they may raise and spend as much money as they want on politics—are not allowed to work directly with the campaigns they are supporting. But in 2016, campaigns are increasingly offloading tasks to their better-funded allies with little fear of repercussion from a deadlocked Federal Election Commission.
Below are nine other ways how super PACs and campaign are working around, or simply ignoring, coordination rules:
-- "Carly for President" v. "CARLY for America"
No one is stretching the limits of just what a super PAC can do to help a candidate more than Fiorina's team in 2016. "CARLY for America", the super PAC, has taken over many of the duties that normally would have been left to "Carly for President," the campaign itself -- from organizing events in Iowa and New Hampshire to announcing endorsements to to hosting conference calls with the candidate to fielding questions from the media. All this, along with the nearly identical names of the groups, makes makes it difficult to distinguish between the two. And they don't appear too worried about making a distinction. Fiorina tweeted out a popular video that was produced by her super PAC from her campaign's account earlier this month.