UPDATED A new Democratic watchdog organization filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission on Tuesday alleging that the Republican super PAC American Crossroads broke campaign finance laws by running a TV ad using material from Tillis’ campaign for U.S. Senate.
The complaint by American Democracy Legal Fund contends American Crossroads reported spending nearly $300,000 on April 1 for the ad. The commercial is “overwhelmingly” comprised of video footage Tillis’ campaign committee created and used in at least three ads, the complaint says.
FEC regulations define the financing of campaign material as a contribution. American Crossroads, which was formed by former Republican White House adviser Karl Rove, could legally only make a $5,000 contribution each election, the letter says.
Update: Paul Lindsay, American Crossroads’ communications director, had this to say in response: “Our ads follow the standards laid out by the FEC. This is a frivolous complaint filed by a partisan Democrat overtly interested in seeking publicity for himself and his liberal organization.”
The complaint was written by Brad Woodhouse, who is the group’s treasurer and is president of the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. Woodhouse hails from North Carolina.