"What you have here is a roadmap for how people can hide their identities" when making donations, a former FEC general counsel, Lawrence Noble, told NBC.
The Super PAC, Restore Our Future, isn't offering any further details on W Spann LLC, while the Romney campaign is required to remain fully independent from the group. But that barrier has been called into question at times: Romney spoke at a dinner for Restore Our Future donors in New York last month, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity.
In addition to Restore Our Future, Romney supporters were on the bleeding edge of campaign finance laws in the pre-campaign period as well. In the run-up to Romney's formal announcement of a presidential run, his campaign set up several exploratory committees in states with lax donor laws. While legal, the move offered top donors a way to donate many times the max limit of $5,000 to a federal leadership PAC. The wife and brother of Marriott chairman J.W. Marriott Jr. contributed $215,000 overall to his various state committees, for example.