A watchdog called for a Federal Election Commission investigation Monday of contributions from a super-PAC to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign.

The Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the commission to request further inquiries into Restore Our Future’s paid television spots using a 2008 Romney campaign ad. The center said this action is breaking the law because super-PACs are not allowed to make direct or in-kind contributions to candidates, including re-publishing campaign materials “prepared by a candidate.”


“Restore Our Future’s expenditure to republish a Romney campaign ad is considered a contribution from the Super PAC to the Romney campaign under FEC regulations, but Super PACs are prohibited from contributing to candidates,” Campaign Legal Center counsel Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE said in a statement.  

“The airing of these ads constitutes a clear violation of federal law by the shadow campaign committee Restore Our Future.”

The Hill previously reported the instance of Restore Our Future paying for air time for a Romney ad that was prepared initially for Romney’s 2008 presidential run.