RNC files lawsuit to raise unlimited funds
The Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit Friday against the Federal Election Commission challenging the limit individuals may donate to the Party. From Politico:
The central committee, chairman Reince Priebus and Louisiana Republicans filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking for permission to set up an independent account that could raise and spend potentially enormous sums of money to help federal candidates. Under the current rules, the RNC may only accept $32,400 each year from donors, and local-level parties are capped at $10,000.
“The patchwork of limits on political speech undermines the First Amendment and puts high transparency, full-disclosure groups like the RNC on an unequal footing with other political entities,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “We are asking that political parties be treated equally under the law.”
Unlike some outside groups, money given to the RNC would be subject to the same reporting requirements as currently exist. The committee still would file monthly reports detailing where it receives its money and where it spends it.