Dale Eisman Senior Writer/Editor Ph: 202.736.5788 email@example.com
on April 20, 2015
Common Cause called on prospective presidential candidates today to abide by the nation’s campaign finance laws and follow rules governing fundraising while “testing the waters” for a 2016 campaign.
“It is disappointing to see those who aspire to our nation’s highest office begin their pursuit of it by flouting the law,” the letters assert.
"While a number of would-be candidates in both parties are pushing the limits of the law, Govs. Bush and Walker clearly have stepped over the line and are engaged in improper fundraising activities," said Common Cause President Miles Rapoport. “They need to stop playing charades with the American people.”
Rapoport noted that federal law puts a $2,700 cap on individual donations to declared candidates for a party nomination and those who merely are “testing the waters.” But while neither forming campaign committees nor acknowledging that they’re exploring running, Bush and Walker have been busy soliciting five- and six-figure gifts to political committees created to aid their respective candidacies, he said. Both men also have been crisscrossing the country speaking to Republican groups and dropping not-so-subtle hints about their plans.
“These two aren’t just testing the waters, they’re swimming laps,” Rapoport said.
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Office: Common Cause National
Issues: Money in Politics