Campaigns seek clarification on fund-raising for possible recount costs

The Bush and Kerry campaigns have sought clarification from the Federal Election Commission on fund-raising rules to prepare for a potential ballot recount in the November elections. The Bush campaign, in a letter made public Wednesday, argued that fund-raising laws allowed unlimited contributions by individuals to a recount fund, as was the case in 2000. The Kerry campaign sought clarification on the issue earlier, and the FEC is expected to issue its opinion Sept. 30.

In 2000, both Bush and Gore raised money to cover recount costs from individual donations, while corporate gifts were barred. Since then, major reforms to campaign finance laws have taken effect, blocking unlimited donations to the campaigns. The FEC has more on campaign finance laws. AP has more.

 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.