Election complaint against Fred Thompson
Monday, August 20, 2007
While Federal election laws allow potential candidates to raise money to "test the waters," the law prohibits them "from hoarding the money for use during his actual campaign." In addition, potential candidates cannot run ads that publicize their intention to campaign nor refer to themselves as candidates.
Hudson filed the complaint citing a financial report from July in which Thompson had raised nearly US$3.5 million but had spent just $625,000. In reply to the Associated Press (AP), Thompson spokesman Jim Mills said, "We're following the law."
The AP notes, "Under federal guidelines, the FEC will now give Thompson 15 days to respond to the complaint. Following Thompson's response, election commissioners will decide whether to dismiss the case or investigate further."
In addition to organizational shake-ups, recently Thompson raised just over $3 million dollars, but that fell short of the $5 million committee aim.
- "Fred Thompson's 'exploration’ causes confusion on USA election rules" — Wikinews, August 1, 2007
- "Fred Thompson raises $3 million, falls short of $5 million goal" — Wikinews, July 30, 2007
- Jim Kuhnhenn. "Thompson Faces Election Complaint" — , August 20, 2007
- Sam Youngman. "Blogger files FEC complaint against Thompson" — , August 20, 2007
- Bill Theobald. "Complaint: Thompson doing more than 'testing the waters'" — , August 20, 2007
- "Thompson Faces Election Complaint" — , August 20, 2007