May 2, 2012 – 6:38 pm | by Billy Dennis
From the New York Times:
4:46 p.m. | Updated Two campaign finance watchdogs filed a complaint Monday against a Republican congressman who asked Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader, for a $25,000 contribution to an anti-incumbent “super PAC” aiming to oust a veteran Republican from the House.
Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center told the Federal Election Commission that Illinois Representative Aaron Schock’s solicitation shattered the F.E.C.’s $5,000 limit on such requests.
“The F.E.C. last year correctly recognized that members of Congress are not free to solicit large contributions to super PACs,” said Donald Simon, counsel to Democracy 21. “It must now enforce the law against what appears to be a clear violation of it by Representative Schock. As bad as the super PAC problem is, it would be worse if the F.E.C. allows members of Congress to get into the business of soliciting huge contributions for super PACs, in violation of the law.”
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