Today, Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) violated the ‘soft money’ ban in the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by soliciting unlimited contributions for a super PAC raising money for use in the Georgia Senate runoff elections. The allegations, first published by ProPublica, stem from a fundraising video that Rep. Greene recorded for the Stop Socialism NOW PAC, soliciting contributions to defeat candidates Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s January Senate runoffs.
Under federal campaign finance law, super PACs are allowed to raise and spend unlimited individual, corporate and labor union funds. But federal candidates and officeholders may not “solicit … funds in connection with an election for Federal office … unless the funds are subject to the limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements” of FECA. A federal candidate or officeholder must limit any solicitation for a super PAC to no more than $5,000 from an individual donor, and no corporate or union funds. Rep. Greene’s solicitation was not limited as required.