Super PACs aid Warren, Klobuchar whether they like it or not

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a "Care In Action" campaign rally, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Matt York)

CHICAGO, Ill. – Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar are getting help for their presidential bids from separate super PACs, whether they like it or not.

Persist PAC started running ads Wednesday in Nevada to support Warren. The Massachusetts senator has made lessening the influence of unlimited spending a centerpiece of her campaign. Kitchen Table Conversations PAC is running ads in Nevada and South Carolina to help Klobuchar. The Minnesota senator has rejected contributions from corporate political action committees.

It's the type of spending that Democrats lined up against at the start of the campaign. But as outside groups backed other candidates and billionaire Mike Bloomberg joined the race, making multimillion-dollar ad buys across the United States, the groups and supporters such as Emily's List said they needed to jump in and help boost the campaigns of the top two women still in the race.

“Sen. Warren is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump and win, and we're going to ensure primary voters and caucus-goers hear her message,” said Joshua Karp, a spokesman for Persist PAC. He said the ad buy is over $1 million.

The ad portrays Warren as a fighter who took on Wall Street, and includes images of President Barack Obama, who chose her to set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The Warren campaign said her position “hasn't changed," adding that she has “made clear that she thinks all of the candidates should lock arms together and say we don’t want super PACs and billionaires to be deciding our Democratic nominee.”

Warren is third in the delegate count for the Democratic nomination, after finishing third in Iowa and fourth in New Hampshire. She has said the race remains “wide open” and has begun campaigning in states that will vote in the Super Tuesday contests on March 3.

Kitchen Table Conversations PAC, the group supporting Klobuchar, is led by two Minnesota-based strategists. The group says it's launching “six-figure buys” to run TV and digital ads in Nevada and South Carolina. More ads are expected, the group said in a news release.