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RGA Gave $1M to Pence, Was It Legal?

July 26, 2012
iWatch News' Paul Abowd takes a look at the $1 million bucks the Republican Governors Association PAC gave Rep. Mike Pence's campaign for governor and sees it as a way to end run Indiana's corporate money ban. 

Abowd reports

The RGA Right Direction PAC is a Washington, D.C.-based super PAC, registered with federal regulators to make independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates. So what is it doing giving $1 million directly to the Republican running for governor of Indiana?

The donation to Mike Pence, the largest to his campaign, appears to be a way around state laws limiting corporate contributions to candidates.

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Right Direction is funded entirely by the Republican Governors Association, a so-called "527" organization dedicated to electing as many Republicans to governorships as possible -- a mission fueled by contributions from some of the largest corporations in the country. In Indiana, candidates can accept unlimited donations from individuals and political action committees but only $5,000 from corporations and unions. Corporations and unions can also give to PACs, but only in small sums.

Whether the check to Pence was drawn on a bank account that contained corporate money is not a matter of public record.

In an email, RGA spokesman Michael Schrimpf said "nothing in our reports suggests" that the organization gave corporate funds to Pence. All RGA expenditures, he said, come from a general fund.

"It's the new model of disclosure subterfuge," said Bob Biersack, a senior fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics and former longtime Federal Election Commission official. "It's not what a normal human being would call transparent."
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