The Hill: Race is on for convention cash


Watchdog groups, including the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen, are concerned that the accounts give wealthy contributors a direct line to lawmakers and party leaders.


Paul Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, said that there are no rules for how the money in the new accounts can be spent beyond the account’s general purposes. There is also nothing from stopping party committees from moving the money around, he said.

“The [Federal Election Commission] has not even started any rule making to flesh out what these accounts can be used for,” he said. “The statute is broadly written that the parties may try to — and may get away with — using these accounts for very broad purposes.”
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