- Jun 1, 2015
Two campaign finance watchdogs, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, last week accused Bush of violating campaign laws by fundraising for his super-PAC while “actively running for president” and asked the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.
- Jun 2, 2015
If Hillary Clinton wins the White House, the financial industry payments and likely hefty donations to her campaign are “going to put her in a spot when she comes up with policies toward Wall Street,” said Lawrence Noble, a senior counsel to the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center.
- May 30, 2015
Two campaign-finance watchdog organizations, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, want the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the “charade” of Bush’s non-campaign. They say it’s merely a weasel move that allows him to rake in unlimited, and mostly unregulated, donations. ...
- May 29, 2015
Right to Rise Super PAC will do TV commercials, but it also will take on tasks such as targeted online ads and get-out-the-vote efforts that traditionally have been done by campaigns. Further, many of the staff working to elect Bush would be on the payroll of the super PAC, not the campaign, the sources said.
- May 29, 2015
Pocketing large speaking fees from all sorts of groups and interests—and the potential conflicts of interest this can create—is not the only potential problem for Carson. Candidates who give paid speeches risk violating campaign finance laws, says Larry Noble, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a campaign finance legal advocacy group. When Carson now gives a paid speech, he cannot mention his candidacy or refer to his presidential campaign, because if he does so that would make the event a campaign speech from a legal perspective. And if he's getting paid to give a campaign speech, Noble says, the speaking fee would be considered a campaign contribution and be subject to the contribution limits of $2,700—which is much lower than his usual speaking fee. Beyond that, if Carson delivers a campaign speech that is paid for by trade group, corporation, or nonprofit, it would be against campaign finance law, no matter the amount
- May 28, 2015
In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center say there are “powerful grounds” to believe that Bush and his fundraising arm are violating federal contribution limits and prohibitions on soft money. They charge that Bush and the fundraising group is “engaged in a scheme to allow unlimited contributions to be spent directly on behalf of the Bush campaign and thereby violate the candidate contribution limits enacted to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption.”
- May 28, 2015
Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center asked Lynch to appoint an independent Special Counsel to conduct the investigation on behalf of the Justice Department.
- May 28, 2015
Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center said there were “powerful grounds” to suggest that Mr Bush was breaking the law by using his “Right to Rise” fundraising organisation to raise huge amounts of money before he formally announces his intention to run for the White House.
International Business Times: Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State DepartmentMay 26, 2015
“The word was out to these groups that one of the best ways to gain access and influence with the Clintons was to give to this foundation,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, an advocacy group that seeks to tighten campaign finance disclosure rules. “This shows why having public officials, or even spouses of public officials, connected with these nonprofits is problematic.”
- May 26, 2015
If the Supreme Court rules that there is no basis for an investigation, it could signal that coordination is permissible and render "the state's contribution limits meaningless," warns Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based group that advocates for tougher campaign finance rules. Nonprofit groups, such as Wisconsin Club for Growth and WMC, can raise and spend unlimited cash and they don't have to disclose their donors. But there are strict limits and disclosure rules on contributions to political candidates. By coordinating with outside groups, a candidate can skirt both contribution limits and disclosure rules. Should the Wisconsin Supreme Court halt the probe, groups including the Wisconsin Club for Growth and WMC would likely "view it as a green light to continue" coordinating, Ryan says. And that may well help the future electoral prospects of the justices themselves.