At first blush, the announcement that President Obama’s campaign is encouraging donors to give to the supposedly outside group supporting his candidacy would appear to violate the laws separating the two organizations. But technically, it is legal, according to the Federal Election Commission and watchdog groups.

In an email to supporters yesterday, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said, “The campaign has decided to do what we can, consistent with the law, to support Priorities USA in its effort to counter the weight of the GOP super PACs.”

Messina announced that White House, cabinet, and campaign officials “will attend and speak at Priorities USA fundraising events,” though neither the Obamas nor the Bidens will do so.