February 11, 2015
A fundraising committee created by Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, to raise and spend unlimited amounts of contributions on political campaigns violates federal campaign contribution limits, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The American Legal Defense Fund’s complaint said Walker’s recently created 527 group, Our American Revival, is a presidential exploratory committee that the governor is using to hire staff and pay travel, rent and other expenses related to a run for the GOP nomination for president.
The gist of the Washington, D.C.-based group’s complaint is that recent press reports indicate Walker’s 527 group received contributions of $25,000 and $100,000 – well above the $2,700 individual contribution limit and the $5,000 political action committee limit that the Federal Election Campaign Act allows presidential exploratory committees to accept.
527 groups are named after the U.S. Internal Revenue Service codes that govern them. Business, trade, union and ideological groups, among other special interests, can create a 527 arm to raise unlimited amounts of money from any sources to spend on elections.