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