Edward Conrad, a former executive at Bain Capital, has revealed himself as the mystery donor who gave a $1 million corporate contribution to a special political action committee supporting Mitt Romney.

Conrad stepped forward after campaign watchdog groups filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice demanding an investigation of the secret donation.


“We are pleased to see that our complaint prompted this immediate disclosure by Mr. Conrad,” said Paul S. Ryan, attorney for the Campaign Legal Center.  “The FEC and DOJ will still have to determine whether the actions to date violated federal law and, if so, pursue appropriate penalties to deter such conduct in the future.”

Social media sites show Conrad rose to the position of managing director at Bain Capital, which Romney co-founded.

Fundraising records show that Conrad has a history of supporting Republican candidates such as Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) and Randy Altschuler, who will run against Rep. Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Dem candidate 'struck by the parallels' between Trump's rise and Hitler's Dems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary MORE (D-N.Y.) in 2012.

Conrad gave the contribution to Restore our Future PAC, a pro-Romney group, through W Spann LLC, a corporation that appears to have been specially set up to make the contribution.

W Spann gave the money a few weeks after being established in March and dissolved itself last month.

Campaign finance groups say the donation may have violated the law, which prohibits the use of straw donors to evade disclosure requirements.

“This case involves a stark example of the secret money we can expect to see poured into the 2012 presidential and congressional races in the wake of the Citizens United decision” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, making reference to the landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision that loosened restrictions on corporate political giving.

“In this case, it appears that someone has gone to great lengths to evade the campaign finance disclosure laws in order to hide what they are doing from the American people,” Wertheimer said.

Democracy 21 joined in filing the complaint.