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Friday, Mar 13 2015

For Top GOP Candidates, Legal Questions Remain As Their PACs Raise Millions

Mar 13, 2015

Jeb Bush still hasn’t launched his presidential campaign, instead opting to headline massive fundraising events through his “leadership PAC.” It’s going so well that he recently had to tell his wealthy donors to limit their contributions to a measly $1 million, presumably because the optics were less-than-ideal for a guy who is already viewed as wildly out of touch with the

Today, the New York Times ran a piece on “blurred lines,” only these legal issues had nothing to do with Robin Thicke. Rather, it has to do with the questionable operational relationship between still-undeclared presidential candidate Jeb Bush and his Right To Rise PAC. He even joked about it himself at one of their events:

The American Democracy Legal Fund has already called for the FEC to investigate whether Bush is violating campaign law by using his leadership PAC to raise money for exploratory efforts in excess of federal contribution limits.

And Jeb isn’t the only presidential candidate with potential issues regarding the campaign laws that apply to them and their PACs. Scott Walker — who is already involved in an open investigation in Wisconsin concerning alleged illegal coordination in his recall campaign — is also on shaky ground. Walker’s 527 organization, Our American Revival, is seemingly being employed as his exploratory committee, which raises the same flags as Bush’s Right To Rise PAC. Much like Bush, Walker seems to find these delicate legal lines to be rather humorous:

There are precisely zero people who question whether or not Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are running for president. Whether their lavish fundraising techniques are actually legal, however, remains up in the air.

Published: Mar 13, 2015

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