Complaint filed against Thompson

Byline: | Category: 2008 Presidential Election | Posted at: Tuesday, 21 August 2007

A Democratic political operative has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that alleges that Fred Thompson’s pre-candidacy candidacy is a violation of the election rules.

The complaint will very likely be moot, since Thompson has 15 days to respond, a period during which he is expected to formally announce his candidacy.  Furthermore, according to FEC rules, “the only consequence for someone ‘testing the waters’ being declared a candidate by the FEC is that the money raised is then counted as contributions and must be publicly reported.”  In other words, if the FEC finds that he is in fact a “candidate,” then there is no penalty; Thompson is simply declared by the FEC to be a candidate.

The entire complaint, then, is bogus.  Which raises the question: why file the complaint?  Particularly, why did a Democrat complain?  Are they worried?

UPDATE: 

I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that the complainer is an apparent Hillary supporter?

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5 Responses to “Complaint filed against Thompson”

  1. Volunteer Voters » The Fred Complaint Reverberates Says:

    [...] the Krumball thinks this is much to do about nothing: The entire complaint, then, is bogus. Which raises the [...]

  2. LeftWingCracker Says:

    Bob, I understand that since 2001 it’s been on the backburner for Republican politicians (our Democratic crooks go to jail, why not the Republicans; there’s more than just poor old Chris Newton), but the rule of law is more than just something quaint that Republicans can ignore at their whim.

    Fred is flaunting election laws; he’s no better than anyone else, and he needs to abide by them. We’re going to stay on the FEC’s backsides until they deal with this correctly.

  3. bob Says:

    Just what law/regulation is it that Fred is “flaunting”? To me, it sounds like the argument is that he did something that should be against the law, but isn’t. If that’s the case, the argument then is with Congress or the FEC–not with Fred.

  4. glam1931 Says:

    I think you mean “flauting”. There’s quite a difference in meaning.

  5. bob Says:

    Glam,
    LWC is wrong that Fred is “flaunting” the rules. However, he is correctly using the word.

    The second definition of the transitive verb flaunt: to treat contemptuously (flaunted the rules — Louis Untermeyer)

    Also correct would have been the word “flouting”, which in the transitive use of the verb means: to treat with contemptuous disregard: SCORN (flouting the rules).

    I must confess to not knowing what “flauting” is. Although, I do know what a “flautist” is. I do not think, however, that LWC made any assertion as to Fred Thompson’s preference of musical instrument.