Correct the Record
|Predecessor||American Bridge 21st Century|
|Purpose||Supported Hillary Clinton's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign|
|Methods||Opposition research against Bernie Sanders & Donald Trump|
|Website||correctrecord.org (Deactivated Dec 31, 2016)|
Correct the Record was a super PAC founded by David Brock. It supported Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. The super PAC aimed to find and confront social media users who posted unflattering messages about Clinton and paid anonymous tipsters for unflattering scoops about Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, including audio and video recordings and internal documents.
The organization was created in May 2015 when it spun off from American Bridge 21st Century, another Democratic Super PAC. It coordinated with Clinton's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign via a loophole in campaign finance law that it says permits coordination with digital campaigns.
In April 2016, Correct the Record announced that it would be spending $1 million to find and confront social media users who post unflattering messages about Clinton. The organization's president, Brad Woodhouse, said they had "about a dozen people engaged in [producing] nothing but positive content on Hillary Clinton" and had a team distributing information "particularly of interest to women".
In September 2016, Correct the Record announced a project called "Trump Leaks". Correct the Record said it would pay anonymous tipsters for unflattering scoops about Donald Trump, including audio and video recordings and internal documents.
On December 31, 2016, the official website was deactivated from its host's servers WPEngine.
Super PACs, officially known as "independent-expenditure only committees", are political committees that are legally only allowed to make expenditures that are independent of specific campaigns and which are not coordinated with a candidate or political party. However, Correct the Record says its activities do not fall under this campaign coordination ban restriction, relying on a 2006 Federal Election Commission "Internet exemption" regulation that said that content posted online for free is off limits from regulation. According to FEC rules, online postings do not technically count as campaign expenditures, which allows independent groups to consult with candidates about the content they post on their sites.
In July 2016, leaked Democratic National Committee emails appeared to show the Clinton presidential campaign and senior Clinton aides, including John Podesta, her campaign chairman, were coordinating with the Correct the Record PAC. These included an email stating that the campaign would "work with CTR and DNC to publicize specific GOP candidate vulnerabilities" and others dealing with fundraising issues for CTR.
Major donors to Correct the Record included:
- Chris Albrecht
- James Attwood
- Gary Barnett
- Chuck Close
- Joan Ganz Cooney
- Glen Fukushima
- Tim Gill
- John D. Goldman
- Michael Kempner
- Jeff Koons
- Henry Laufer
- Barbara F. Lee
- Thomas H. Lee
- Jon Stryker
- Patricia Stryker
- Donald Sussman
- Halper, Evan (May 9, 2016). "Be nice to Hillary Clinton online — or risk a confrontation with her super PAC". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Nurik, Chloe (January 22, 2016). "Correct the Record". FactCheck.org. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Two 'Super PACs' Backing Hillary Clinton Join Fundraising Forces". New York Times. July 31, 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Foran, Claire (May 31, 2016). "A $1 Million Fight Against Hillary Clinton's Online Trolls". The Atlantic. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Ben Luke, Artists raise millions for Hillary Clinton .
- Seitz-Wald, Alex (September 15, 2016). "Democratic Super PAC to Pay for Dirt on Donald Trump". NBC News. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Gold, Matea (May 12, 2015). "How a super PAC plans to coordinate directly with Hillary Clinton's campaign". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Ben Luke, Artists raise millions for Hillary Clinton, The Art Newspaper, 3 November 2016. 
- Lee Fang, Andrew Perez, Hacked Emails Prove Coordination Between Clinton Campaign and Super PACs, The Intercept, October 18, 2016.
- "Correct the Record: Contributors, 2016 cycle". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved October 25, 2016.