Will Fred Thompson Finally Get Nailed on Campaign Finance?

There have been rumblings about this for some time now, but today a formal complaint was filed against Sen. Thompson with the FEC by Lane Hudson, the former Democratic staffer who broke Foleygate. Hudson posted his complaint on a new blog.

All I can say is, it’s about freakin’ time. In my view, Sen. Thompson has been in flagrant violation of the law for a long, long time now. The campaign finance law allows candidates to raise enough money to “test the waters” of a campaign before committing to run, thus coming under the jurisdiction of the campaign finance laws. But the law only allows candidates to raise “amounts reasonably required for exploratory activities.” Sen. Thompson has a full campaign staff, and has raised millions of dollars in campaign funds. Clearly, he’s not just “testing the waters.”

My question is, what’s he got to hide? The main advantage I can see in remaining “technically” not in the race is that Sen. Thompson doesn’t have to report his finances to the FEC, right? So, why doesn’t he want to do so?

My suspicion is that Sen. Thompson, being a former lobbyist himself, has received ample money from special interest groups, and would rather not be attacked over it just quite yet.

Michael

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2 Comments on “Will Fred Thompson Finally Get Nailed on Campaign Finance?”

  1. FRaud Thompson Says:

    From Hannity & Colmes 7/10/07

    Hannity: “Have you made your decision about whether you will run?”
    Fred: “Yes. I have made my decision….but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna tell ya what that decision IS…”

  2. Michael Says:

    Yeah, I heard another quote that was something along the lines of “You don’t do all the preparation I’ve done if you’re not going to run…”

    I hope they do more than slap him on the wrist…what’s the point of having campaign finance reform if the candidates can get away with this kind of blatant disregard for the rules?


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