Washington (CNN) - Did House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi inadvertently cross a legal line by asking for political contributions while on federal property?
At a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday, Pelosi was making the case for campaign finance reform and said Democrats will disclose donors to their political groups, even when the law doesn't require it.
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During her comments, she said "by the way we're asking people to contribute to us if they want to elect more reformers to Congress so we can do away with super PACs – we can do away with secret contributions."
You don't normally hear a lawmaker say the words "we're asking people to contribute" while standing inside the U.S. Capitol. The law prohibits any kind of fundraising on federal grounds.
Two legal experts on campaign finance laws consulted by CNN say she could be in violation of the law.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said she was not soliciting funds; she was merely discussing what she tells donors when she does.
"The comment was very clearly referring to our efforts to disclose, reform and amend. Reporters have repeatedly asked the Leader how to square fundraising and reform policy so that's why she said we have to raise money to elect more reformers. That is her pitch to supporters," Hammill said.
In fact, later in the press conference, Pelosi said "our pitch is support us if you want to elect reformers to do away with these PACs."