Senate Dems push FEC to toughen super-PAC rules

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Senate Dems push FEC to toughen super-PAC rules

The Hill – Senate Democrats are pressing the Federal Election Commission to toughen the disclosure rules for super-PACs.

They said more disclosure is needed to ensure that super-PACs are not coordinating their activities with candidates, which is illegal.

“Super PACs, and other ‘independent expenditures-only’ organizations, cannot coordinate their activities with candidates and parties — they must act independently of candidates,” the 11 senators wrote in a letter to FEC Chairwoman Caroline Hunter. “Yet it has become clear during the 2012 presidential primaries that several Super PACs are raising unlimited contributions for the explicit purpose of supporting a specific candidate.

“Such contributions would be illegal if given directly to the candidate, and disclosure is crucial to discern whether these organizations are truly independent actors.”

Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Al Franken (Minn.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Tom Udall (N.M.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), along with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), who caucuses with the Democrats, signed the letter.

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