The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 lodged a complaint today against Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., with the Federal Elections Commission, "for illegal solicitation" of a super PAC donation from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, according to a release from the group.
The complaint stems from Schock and Cantor's involvement in the member-versus-member primary between Illinois GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Don Manzullo. As Hotline On Call reported, Schock's request that Cantor support Kinzinger by donating to the Campaign for Primary Accountability could have violated a FEC rule:
As we noted several weeks ago, the FEC is plagued by partisan gridlock, making the chance of Schock getting punished slim. But the Campaign Legal Center's complaint moves this storyline another step down the road and again highlights the tricky legal world that federal officeholders inhabit in the super PAC era.