Yesterday, we learned that Annette Simmons, wife to GOP super donor and Dallas-based billionaire Harold Simmons, had given a whopping $1 million contribution to pro-Santorum super PAC Red, White and Blue Fund last month. ABC News’ Elizabeth Hartfield caught up with Simmons to ask her about the donation. Two especially interesting details:
- Annette Simmons says she gave the super PAC another $200,000 this month (which could explain the group’s recent uptick in spending).
- Simmons said Santorum personally visited her after she made the donation, bringing his wife and three children to her Dallas home. “He was very appreciative,” Simmons told ABC.
According to federal law, candidates may not coordinate their spending with super PACs. What about hanging out with the group’s donors? That’s okay. Regardless, this further blurs the line between campaigns and the supposedly independent super PACs that support them.
As we pointed out earlier this year, even if candidates are caught coordinating their efforts with these independent committees, punishment is rare.