<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Francis Wilkinson</p> <p>House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is <a href="http://media.cleveland.com/nationworld_impact/photo/john-boehner-eric-cantor-0cc7179a70ff46fa.jpg">often photographed</a> walking a few paces behind Speaker John Boehner, whose job he is believed to covet with a more-than-healthy dose of ambition. But is Cantor's aggressiveness fomenting trouble in Republican ranks?</p> <p>Roll Call previously<a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/Eric_Cantor_Gave_Money_to_Super_PAC_to_Aid_Adam_Kinzinger-213651-1.html"> reported</a> that Cantor's support for freshman Representative Adam Kinzinger in a primary against veteran Representative Don Manzullo "drew the ire of Manzullo and some older members of the GOP conference."</p> <p>On Monday, two campaign finance watchdog groups, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, complicated the situation, filing a <a href="http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/attachments/Press_Releases/CLC_-Dem_21_v_Schock_Complaint_-_4-30-12.pdf">complaint</a> with the Federal Election Commission over a $25,000 contribution made by Cantor to an anti-incumbent super-PAC that supported Kinzinger. Cantor is not the target of the complaint. Instead, the six-page complaint cites Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois, saying his <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/Eric_Cantor_Gave_Money_to_Super_PAC_to_Aid_Adam_Kinzinger-213651-1.html">publicly acknowledged</a> solicitation of the $25,000 from Cantor was a blatant violation of election law.</p> <p>Federal officeholders may solicit funds only "in connection with an election for a Federal office" if the funds comply with the limits set by the Federal Election Campaign Act, the complaint states. An FEC advisory opinion says the legal limit for such a solicitation is $5,000, which suggests that Schock was $20,000 over the line.</p> <p>Cantor is also taking sides in the Indiana Senate primary pitting Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party favorite, against incumbent Senator Richard Lugar. The <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/cantorallied-group-slams-mourdock-as-extreme-121908.html">interesting twist</a> in Indiana, however, is that Cantor is backing Lugar, whose brand of politics hearkens back to a kinder, gentler conservatism. A Cantor-backed group, the Young Guns Network, is accusing Mourdock of being too "extreme" because he wants to eliminate the Department of Education. That characterization will no doubt come as a surprise to many members of the House Republican Caucus -- who support similarly "extreme" action.</p> <p>(Francis Wilkinson is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board. <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/fdwilkinson">Follow</a> him on Twitter.)</p> <p> </p> </body> </html>