Potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush has been accused of violating campaign finance laws by a liberal watchdog group, according to The Hill
The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Bush's new leadership PAC Right to Rise is raising money for a White House run that goes beyond federal contribution limits.
Bush, the former Florida governor, announced in December he was setting up a leadership political action committee to "facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation," The Hill noted.
But the ADLF complaint says: "That is simply not the function of a leadership PAC – it is exploratory activity. Leadership PACs are to be used by candidates and officeholders to raise money to support other candidates, not to supplant the functions of an exploratory or campaign committee."
The filing also claims that Bush is in fact a presidential candidate for 2016, but has not yet registered as one, says the political publication.
"Donor pledge forms for Mr. Bush's leadership PAC indicate that the PAC is encouraging bundlers to raise large sums of money – exceeding $500,000 – to contribute to the leadership PAC," the filing reads. "There is no legitimate non-campaign purpose for such a large fundraising effort.
"Mr. Bush has failed to register and report as a candidate despite amassing more funds than what is reasonably expected to 'test the waters.' "
The ADLF is headed by Brad Woodhouse, who is also president of American Bridge, which does political research that Democrats use in campaign ads against Republicans, The Hill said.
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