September 13, 2016

FEC Complaint Filed Against Ted Strickland For Illegal Coordination

Ted Strickland’s struggling campaign can’t seem to catch a break. At the end of August, USA Today reported that Strickland was trying to communicate, in violation of federal law, with Super PACS supporting his campaign:

“Instead, political experts say, Strickland’s campaign was sending a not-so-subtle message to super PACs, hoping for support in spreading his new women-directed message in the Cleveland and Columbus media markets.”

This “not-so-subtle message” has now drawn the attention of watchdog group FACT. The group filed a complaint with the FEC today alleging that Strickland was breaking the law:

“The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a non-partisan ethics watchdog group, directed by former U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, today filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) requesting an investigation into Ohio U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland and his campaign committee, Strickland for Senate, for using his campaign website to illegally and stealthily coordinate with super PACs that support his candidacy. FACT maintains these are serious violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, and Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations”.

No average Ohio voter needs the exact information found on Strickland’s “Ohio Needs to Know” page. Only a Super PAC planning on spending ads would find it useful to know that in Cleveland and Columbus they should focus on a certain message.

Strickland knowingly violated federal election law. Yet fortunately for him, it doesn’t appear like anyone’s going to help him continue violating the law. With the DSCC and Senate Majority PAC cutting their spending in Ohio by millions, Strickland soon won’t have anyone to illegally coordinate with.