Two watchdog groups today asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether a super political action committee that backs GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry violated campaign finance laws.
At issue is whether the super PAC known as Make Us Great Again shared video footage with campaign officials for Perry, the governor of Texas. Election laws permit super PACs to collect unregulated money but only if they don’t coordinate their activities with candidates or parties.
Filed by the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, the FEC complaint cites news reports that the Perry campaign aired a Thanksgiving Web video that recycled three clips that previously had aired in a Make Us Great Again TV ad.
“This type of video sharing makes a mockery of the contribution limits and the notion that super PACs are independent of candidates,” Campaign Legal Center attorney Paul Ryan said in a statement. “The FEC must investigate and crack down on Perry and Make Us Great Again if the super PAC gave this video footage to the campaign.”
The move comes a day after the two groups asked the IRS to investigate whether nonprofits that spend millions of dollars on political campaigns — such as American Action Network, Americans Elect and Crossroads GPS — are eligible for their tax-exempt status.
Make Us Great Again officials did not respond to a request for comment. Perry campaign officials have said there was no coordination between the PAC and the campaign.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.