Federal authorities say there's no reason to believe Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's campaign violated the law by accepting a contribution from a political action committee of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.I haven't seen the FEC ruling yet, but I do note that this was originally made public back on July 16, 2010. I'll say that this isn't a refutation of the original charge of playing a shell game with the contribution. Instead, this reads as "neither contribution was over the limit, and there isn't sufficient proof of hijinks":
Louisiana Democrats claimed the contribution from "Haley's PAC" was really from former Mississippi U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering and that it was illegally funneled through Barbour's PAC to avoid publicity.
But the Federal Elections Commission, in a ruling made public Monday, dismissed the complaint.
In its release, the FEC noted that both of the contributions in question were disclosed and that neither was "excessive or prohibited."