Politico: Watchdog accuses Bush of illegally conveying his intention to run


“If Bush had made up his mind to run for president by the time he spoke with Romney in January 2015, then Bush violated multiple federal laws by failing to register as a candidate until mid-June,” said Paul Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center. “These knowing and willful violations of federal law should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Candidates rarely face official repercussions for apparent violations of sometimes-murky laws about when they must officially register. Still, Ryan said the Campaign Legal Center would amend two previously filed complaints to include Bush’s latest remarks. The complaints, lodged with the FEC early last year, suggest Bush’s intent to run for office had been obvious long before he officially declared.

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