Thu
Oct 26 2006
07:06 pm

Anyone else been following Mehlman's logic behind the RNC even being able to fund ads like "Call Me?"

From the FEC's website:

Independent expenditures provide yet another way to support Federal candidates. An independent expenditure is money spent for a communication that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a candidate. It is "independent" only if the individual making the expenditure does not coordinate or consult in any way with the candidate campaign benefiting from the communication. Independent expenditures are not considered contributions and are unlimited. You may spend any amount on each communication as long as the expenditure is truly independent.

You may, for example, pay for an advertisement in a newspaper or on the radio urging the public to vote for the candidate you want elected. Or you may produce and distribute posters or yard signs telling people not to vote for a candidate you oppose.

When making an independent expenditure, you must include a notice stating that you have paid for the communication and that it is not authorized by any candidate's committee. ("Paid for by John Doe and not authorized by any candidate's committee.")

The bug from the "Call Me" ad:

The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertisement. Paid for by the Republican National Committee and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

So -- the RNC -- of which Mehlman is chair -- paid for this ad, and is responsible for its content.

But further, the RNC is not one of Corker's committees? Whuuuuuuuh?

I can't find another RNC in the FEC's database other than the one with FEC ID# C00003418. You know, the same one that paid $29,619 to Scott Howell & Co. for "media production" in the Harold Ford campaign and $248,976 to National Media Inc. to fund a "media buy" in the Harold Ford campaign. The expenditures are authorized by Jay Banning, CFO and director of administration of the same RNC which Mehlman chairs.

I must need a lawyer, because I don't understand how financial contributions from the RNC do not constitute "cooperation, consultation, or concert" when they are (1) claimed by the RNC and (2) aimed at defeating specific Democratic candidates by (3) unapologetic Republican media and PR firms.

How is the RNC independent of Republican campaigns? Someone explain this to me. Seriously.

What Mehlman is saying doesn't wash, but apparently there's a significant loophole which allows a single entity to both coordinate with and be independent of candidate campaigns at the same time.

Socialist With A Gold Card's picture

Plausible deniability

Andy, if the regulations were honest, the FEC would say something like this:

"Independent" (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) expenditures provide yet another way to support Federal candidates with sub-rosa funding, as long as the funds are untraceable. An independent expenditure is money spent for a communication that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a candidate and can't be traced to any collusion with the candidate's campaign. It is "independent" only if the individual making the expenditure does not coordinate or consult in any way with the candidate campaign benefiting from the communication in any way that can be traced or verified. Independent expenditures are not considered contributions and are unlimited. You may spend any amount on each communication as long as the expenditure is truly independent (which means we can't detect collusion between the parties).

...

When making an independent expenditure, you must include a notice stating that you have paid for the communication and that it is not authorized by any candidate's committee. ("Paid for by John Doe and not authorized by any candidate's committee, as far as you little people know.")

McCain-Feingold is all about plausible deniability, and nothing more.

--Socialist With A Gold Card


"I'm a socialist with a gold card. I firmly believe we need a revolution; I'm just concerned that I won't be able to get good moisturizer afterwards." --Brett Butler

 

moderatetrueview's picture

Ken smells bad

No one believes this mumbo jumbo that Kenny Boy is spewing. No matter how they try to spin this, it is a black eye on the RNC. Ken himself publically supported and backed this commercial. Now he's saying he had nothing to do with it. Not even Reps believe this mumbo jumbo. The only ones who stand by this are bigots. It's sad to say but there are still some out there even in this day in age.

RNC and Corker are responsible for this ad. Everyone seems to forget that Corker has his own which was endorsed by him that looks stikingly similar and sounds strikingly similar. Corker supported this commercial, Ken supported this commercial Diaz supported this commercial.... the writing is on the wall

CoachBJTBParker's picture

No matter how they try to

No matter how they try to spin this, it is a black eye on the RNC."

Question is it as bad as the one run in Texas with the sound of CHAINS and a man being pulled to his death behind a car?

Children, the ad talks about Jr and at the end a bimbett (you know like the ones he hung with at Hefs) says call me! Like grandmother always said, if you don't wanta be talked about stay out of dark places!

OH and the fun part is FIRST Jr swore on his UNCLE'S eyes he never attended the PLAYBOY party..then last week he said he was there? Bless his heart it just gets deeper and deeper.

Eleanor A's picture

Wrong and wrong, not

Wrong and wrong, not surprisingly. Ford never claimed he wasn't at that particular party (which was attended by 3000 others, including several Tennessee Titans and Ashton Kutcher).

As for this TX ad, what the hell are you talking about? Some racists (might I remind you of the 43 black Democrats in Congress and the zero black Republicans...I think we know who we're talking about here) dragged a man behind a truck, so it hardly seems plausible a Dem would run an ad making hay out of the incident.

Furthermore, you're claiming the only women Ford hangs out with are cute blond bimbos. I know plenty of women voting for Ford who are old, fat and wear support hose. Only Mehlman, Corker, Frist and Rove didn't want to come right out and say they were making fun of the 50% or so of Tennesseans who are supporting Ford.

CoachBJTBParker's picture

Furthermore, you're claiming

Furthermore, you're claiming the only women Ford hangs out with are cute blond bimbos. I know plenty of women voting for Ford who are old, fat and wear support hose. "

Dang it I am old and well almost fat but after my knee surgery I had to ditch the suppport hose.

THe texas ad was run by the Dems when GW was first going for the Clinton house! If you never got a chance to hear it check out hotair.com, it is very sad.

Oh and after finally seeing the ad that has the west coast upset, I can tell you that blond at the end kinda pulled up sort in the cute class.

Eleanor A's picture

All I see on HotAir.com are

All I see on HotAir.com are a bunch of pinup photos of Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney. Very unsavory.

Seriously, I'm not going to dig through a slew of Republican propaganda to find some radio ad. You gotta provide more information for anyone to know what you're talking about.

Sorry you didn't think the Republican bimbo was a hottie. I guess I didn't either, but then I'm one of those women that's voting for Ford for more reasons than that I think he's cute. Not that the RNC seems to believe there's anything going on in this race that isn't completely superceded by the superficial.

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