Show us a regulation and we’ll show you someone looking to exploit a loophole. Today’s example is Ron Kirkland, a Republican House candidate in Tennessee whose brother has been running ads supporting Kirkland’s candidacy. But because the brother is doing this on his own, it is considered an independent expenditure, not subject to campaign finance giving limits. From Talking Points Memo:
But some experts question whether such a setup can be truly independent — especially because of connections like the fact that Robert Kirkland’s attorney on the independent expenditure effort previously volunteered for Ron Kirkland’s campaign.
Last month, we wrote about the need for the Federal Election Commission to close this loophole.