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FEC: Member Leadership PACs Can't Be Super

December 1, 2011

The Federal Election Commission said on Thursday that members of Congress are not allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in support of other candidates, NJ's Reid Wilson reports.

Wilson has more:

In unanimously approving an opinion, FEC commissioners rejected a request from a political action committee controlled by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to allow his leadership PAC to spend unlimited amounts of money on races other than Lee's own.

In several cases in recent years, the Supreme Court and lower circuits have allowed independent groups to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on independent expenditures. Those so-called super PACs are prohibited from coordinating with candidates; the FEC has also said federal candidates may only solicit amounts up to $5,000 -- the legal limit for ordinary PACs -- when they fundraise for super PACs.

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