Fed Election Comm. “Intimidates” Soft Money Donors

In Culture of Corruption, Economic Justice, Laws & Regulation, US Politics on June 28, 2006 at 3:09 pm

The Hill reports, “The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is being accused of attempting to intimidate soft-money donors to 527s by targeting the donors for questioning.”

The Fringe Right is clearly setting itself up as the collective martyr well in advance of the 2008 election, so they can have a long established paper trail concerning all the evil-doing at the FEC.

The new regulation, which took effect in January 2005, stated that 527s would be subject to regulation if, when seeking money, they “indicated” to donors that the money would be spent to support or oppose a federal candidate…

“I know for a fact that the FEC has subpoenaed donors who may have contributed to 527s in past election cycles and believe that technique is more rooted in preventing future donation to other 527s than anything else,” said Chris LaCivita, a former senior adviser to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and former head of Progress for America, both right-wing groups.

Another strategist connected with a prominent conservative 527 group, the Club for Growth, confirmed that the FEC is targeting donors.

“I’ve heard that lots of other groups have gotten subpoenas and requests for depositions of donors,” said David Keating, the executive director of the Club for Growth, which is tied up in litigation with the FEC. Keating said he was not talking about donors to his group.

Expect that these donors will hold their first full-scale press conference denouncing the America-weakening FEC featuring a Publishers’ Clearinghouse-sized box of Kleenex.


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