Mon
Aug 20 2007
07:45 pm

An FEC complaint has been filed against non-candidate candidate Fred Dalton Thompson.

The complaint alleges...

It is clear that he has violated 11 CFR 100.72, the "testing the waters" provision of FEC law. Accordingly, his failure to file disclosure reports violates the law, and the Commission should demand full disclosure of Mr. Thompson's campaign fund raising and expenditures, as well as penalize Mr. Thompson for his willful violation of the law.

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Mr. Thompson had approximately $2.8 million in his campaign account after the IRS filing. This fact also clearly indicates that he did not intend to use this money for 'exploring' a possible candidacy. Otherwise, it would have been spent on exploratory activities, especially given the documentation of his impending announcement of candidacy.

Jake Tapper explains:

The rule is pretty simple. If you spend more than $5,000 on campaign activities, you're a candidate, whether or not you've officially declared.

OK, then.

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R. Neal's picture

Good for Lane Hudson. My

Good for Lane Hudson.

My question is, does the FEC have to wait for some citizen to file a complaint?

Do they not have any authority/duty to pursue this kind of stuff without it?

R. Neal's picture

This made the wires this

This made the wires this morning:

(link...)

Carole Borges's picture

Good for him.

I hear that even loyal Thompson supporters are feeling hurt by his reluctance to throw his hat in the ring.

Andy Axel's picture

"reluctance"

"Reluctance." Right.

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Joe P.'s picture

No FEC action

could be taken to investigate Thompson, as i understand it, because he is currently operating under a 527 group, which is outside FEC oversight. the IRS could have filed a complaint, but, again as i understand it, a third party had to bring the complaint to the FEC.

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