FEC Warns McCain on Campaign Spending (1 Viewer)

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Don't look now but the Straight Talk Express has loaded up on DC lawyers to game the public campaign finance system.

Way to go, Senator - getting hamstrung by the same Byzantine rules you created, then trying to dodge those rules. I have to laugh.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/21/AR2008022103141.html

Trevor Potter, a former FEC chairman who is McCain's top lawyer, immediately disputed the assertions in Mason's letter, saying McCain has a constitutional right to exit the federal program. He also dismissed the letter as unenforceable because the FEC lacks a quorum to resolve the dispute.

"We believe that Senator McCain had a clear legal right to withdraw from the primary matching fund system, and he has done so," Potter told the Associated Press. "No FEC action was or is required for withdrawal."

Campaign finance experts were split on how serious the FEC position could become. But several agreed that the matter would not be resolved by McCain simply ignoring the letter and plowing ahead.

"It's nice for Trevor Potter to say 'Buzz off,' but the campaign is going to have to respond," said Bradley Smith, a former FEC chairman.

"This is serious," agreed Republican election lawyer Jan Baran. Ignoring the matter on the grounds that the FEC lacks a quorum, Baran said, "is like saying you're going to break into houses because the sheriff is out of town."
 

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