GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's top campaign fund-raiser, Steve Roche, has left the Romney campaign to head up the multimillion-dollar pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future.
As Peter Stone reported for the Center for Public Integrity, this shows another sign of the close relationship between Romney's presidential campaign and the Restore Our Future super PAC.
Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate with any federal candidates according to federal laws. Larry Noble, a former general counsel at the Federal Election Commission, told Stone there is a specific rule that prevents high-level campaign employees from leaving to work at different political committees because it "raises issues of possible coordination." Noble added, "Bringing over strategic information from the campaign to an independent committee can be an element of coordination." Carl Forti, one of the founders of Restore Our Future and a top Republican operative, told Stone that the super PAC was "absolutely aware of the FEC rules."
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Romney Guy Goes to Pro-Romney Super PAC
Circulation of personnel is one lawful method of coordination, as Spencer MacColl reports at Open Secrets: