Group Files FEC Complaints Against Bush, Other Potential Candidates

A good-government group is accusing four potential presidential hopefuls of violating campaign finance laws by building campaign infrastructure without formally “testing the waters” for a bid. In complaints filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, the Campaign Legal Center contends that Republicans Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker — as well as Democrat Martin O’Malley — have been essentially leading shadow campaigns in violation of federal law. The group says that without formally testing the waters, these candidates have skirted limits on individual donations that should be capped at $2,700 per contributor for the primary.