A Dozen House Democrats Hit With FEC Complaints
Last week Politico reported that dozens of House Democrats were benefiting from “millions of extra dollars” spent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Using a loophole, these ads have been coordinated directly with the campaigns from party headquarters in DC.
Now in a complaint, filed yesterday by the nonpartisan watchdog group FACT, is targeting these House Democrat candidates. They are being held accountable for their complicity with these shady actions:
“A conservative-leaning watchdog group is accusing the DCCC and a dozen of its candidates of using illegal advertising practices this fall, arguing in new complaints that the committee has used its ad strategy to direct extra money to a number of its campaigns.”
While FACT was the first to point out these illegal Democratic ads, other election watchdogs have now joined FACT in condemning the corrupt nature of the ads:
Campaign law experts have been puzzled by the slew of Trump-focused Democratic ads which — as FACT points out — are not traditional hybrid ads but which are paid for similarly, according to their end-of-ad disclaimers. ‘These raise very tricky questions’ about the legal justification for the cost-splitting, said Larry Noble, a former FEC general counsel now at the Campaign Legal Center. ‘It shows how parties are constantly looking for new ways to get around various limits, in this case the coordinated expenditure limit.’”