Friday, August 26, 2005


Newsflash: Republican Party Breaks Campaign Laws

FEC Investigation Finds Reason to Believe that Michigan GOP Acted Illegally in 2004 Campaign

An investigation by the professional, nonpartisan staff of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) into a complaint filed by the MDP concerning the Michigan Republican Party's efforts to place Ralph Nader on the 2004 Michigan ballot has found reason to believe that the GOP made an excessive contribution to the Nader for President campaign and failed to report and misreported its expenditures for that effort. "The investigation by the FEC's staff completely vindicates our complaint that the Michigan GOP broke the law in its desperate effort to help Bush win Michigan in 2004 by placing Ralph Nader on the ballot," said MDP Chair Mark Brewer. "Not only did their election ploy fail, but they have now been found to have acted illegally as well." "We are satisfied with [the] investigation and have no objection to the FEC's decision [to] not pursue the matter any further, given that the election was over nearly ten months ago and that the GOP's illegal conduct was irrelevant to the election's outcome, and proved to be a waste of their time and resources," continued Brewer. "It should be noted that the architect of this illegal scheme was then GOP-Executive Director Greg McNeilly, who is now Dick DeVos' campaign manager." This finding is the latest in a series of FEC audits and investigations of the MIGOP during the last 10 years, revealing millions of dollars in illegal and/or unreported expenditures.

And of course Ralph Nader is shocked, shocked to find this out.

That guy will be remembered as one the biggest phonies of this era. And it did not have to be this way. Once upon a time, he was a good man who worked in the public interest.
The "campapign expenditure" is that the GOP collected signatures to get Nader on the ballot as an independent candidate. The state canvassing board rejected the petitions because so many signatures were fraudulent (there's a shock). The Michigan Court of Appeals reinstated the petitions (there's another shock, it's dominated by Republicans). Nader had said he'd refuse to accept the GOP petitions -- then he did. And some fools in Michigan voted for the liar anyway.
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