The Huffington Post: A Super PAC Was Actually Fined For Breaking The Rules


At the time of the ad's airing, the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the FEC. Restore Our Future's lawyer Charles Spies, now the lawyer for Jeb Bush's super PAC, told The Huffington Post that the super PAC had bought the footage from the firm hired to create it. Paul Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center said the act of purchasing it did not matter.

"If the ad was prepared by Romney or an agent of Romney, then this rule applies," Ryan said at the time. "The rule would be meaningless if you could transfer the legal rights from the campaign to another actor."

Despite its apparent victory, the Campaign Legal Center was not pleased by the size of the fine or the length of the investigation.

"This was a blatant violation of the law. It's unacceptable that the FEC took nearly four years to resolve the matter with a fine that amounts to a light slap on the wrist for millions of dollars in illegal spending," Ryan said in a statement.

"On the bright side," Ryan said, "the FEC has now confirmed the obvious: it's illegal for Super PACs to recycle candidate campaign ads."

To read the full story at The Huffington Post, click here.