Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A few comments on the Thompson FEC matter

I've been reviewing some of the blog posts and mainstream media coverage of the FEC Complaint against Fred Thompson's illegal campaign activities. So, I wanted to comment on a few things.

First, credit for this really goes to the progressive blogosphere for their great research on this issue. Without their work, I would not have realized the extent of the violations nor had the information that was assembled to create the complaint.

Second, the complaint is on solid legal ground. Holly Bailey of Newsweek gives her analysis on MSNBC, courtesy of Crooks and Liars. The New York Sun editorial board, which is known to be somewhat conservative, also agreed that the complaint is valid. The final example I'll give is from Bob Bauer, an author and scholar on election law matters. He agrees that the complaint is thorough in its content. There are many more examples that have been published on blogs, in newspapers, on internet websites, and been broadcast on radio and television. Ultimately, the Federal Election Commission will decide. For now, I'm confident in the complaint and believe that the preponderance of public opinion is as well.

Also, some of the writings say that once Thompson announces his candidacy, this will all go away. That is incorrect. In a conversation with officials at the FEC today, they confirmed what I already believed. By announcing and registering his campaign committee, it does not undo the illegal activity already committed. He is still obligated to respond to the FEC complaint and the FEC is still obligated to act on the complaint and render a decision.


Finally, I'd like to thank the active participation of folks from both sides of the political spectrum in discussing this in the comment thread. It honors me to have the supportive comments as well as the hateful ones. Yall are the best!

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks to me like your appeal rests on weak ground. Nobody knows if Thompson is going to enter the race. It's likely that Thompson will enter the race and it very well may be that he has known for quite some time. However, it's impossible to really know his mind on an absolute basis. All anyone can do is make conjectures. The problem here lies in the ambiguity of the law. The law doesn't set specific limits that are quantifiable. So, I expect that Thompson won't have a problem with the FEC. In addition, compared to other candidates, the amount Thompson has raised and the amount that he has spent is almost negligible.

Tu sabor favorito said...

I think it should be fun watching this play out. The only way that I could see this not working for us is if Bush has corrupted the FEC and somehow pressures the director to leave it alone. That, of course, would be a terrible blow to our cause. It really depends on just how corrupt Bush is.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Lane, for your continued hard work on this. It's great to see TradMed play up this story, and tremendously amusing to see the commenters attracted to it.

You rock!

Ben said...

I would vote for Fred no matter what party he ran under. Hearing Rachel Maddow talk about needing to pull Law and Order reruns though has really gotten under my skin. If people really push to prevent the broadcast of shows from years ago I will fight tooth and nail against and (D) candidates. This from a person that has never voted Republican.

best-tutor said...

Hello!

very nice post... enjoyed it very much.

Thank you

http://www.best-tutor.com

good site

tutor
tutor

wanbojiaxin said...

nike shoes
clothes jeans
Nike Sports Shoes
Nike Shox Shoes
Chaussures Sport
MBT shoes
Wholesale Polo Shirts
cheap cell phones
Cheap shoes online
designer sunglasses
cheap shoes
polo shirts
nike tn
The North Face Jackets
Tennis Racquet
wholesale polo shirts
Air Jordan Shoes

wanbojiaxin said...

Nike chaussures
mbt shoes
NFL Jerseys
New Mobile Phones
Victoria Secret Pink
Nike chaussures
Nike TN Chaussures
puma chaussures hommes
NFL Jerseys
Ed Hardy
NIKE MAX TN
Tn Requin
Nike Air Rift
jeans diesel
Chaussures puma

bjx said...

cheap cocktail dresses
Cheap Wedding Dresses
China Wholesale

djcchai said...

I feel honored and privileged after reading your posts.You know,summer is coming! chaussures homme online .The chaussures homme nike will become fashionable soon.We offer chaussures homme nike,all kinds,all colors available.You can also find homme chaussurein our shop,including hommes chaussures,NikeShox NZ,Nike Shox R4.Best wishes to you!

Anonymous said...

I’ve started to undertand what it means mbt shoes only recently chi flat iron but
he’s a good boy after all. Keep doing your best mbt shoes guys, Internet is a real blessing .I have bookmarked mbt shoes you and will be back soon. How often do you update mbt shoes?

Anonymous said...

against x3o mbt shoes. In a match many would of thought to be the Grand Finals mbt for the
tournament, you guys handily defeated x3o with a 16-6 score.

Anonymous said...

The goal for that pandora online brochure is to give cheap pandora people information pandora charm on all the faabulous pandora charms australia benefits of your speciial dog thomas sabo charms traets. In much the same thomas charms way, your Web site might explpain thomas sabo bracelet why your dog treats are great. In fact, it might be nothing more than an "online brochuer" with a lot of the same inforamtion as the paper one. That's pandora beads a reasonable goal for a new site. Sincce lots of peopole surfing around onlne have dogs, later on thomas sabo watches you may decide that you want to expand your horizons outside of your local area and use thomas watches the Internet to sell your marvelous dog treats online.

aiya said...

Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft word
Office 2007
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office 2007
Office 2007 key
Office 2007 download
Office 2007 Professional
Outlook 2010
Microsoft outlook
Microsoft outlook 2010
Windows 7

Ross said...

dsquareddsquared
dsquared shoesdsquared shoes
dsquared jeansdsquared jeans
dsquared jeans 2011dsquared jeans 2011
dsquared shoes 2011dsquared shoes 2011
dsquared jeans womendsquared jeans women
asics shoes saleasics shoes sale
asics shoesasics shoes
asics running shoesasics running shoes
asics mexico 66asics mexico 66
onitsuka mexico 66onitsuka mexico 66
asics onitsuka mexico 66asics onitsuka mexico 66
asics whizzerasics whizzer
asics japanasics japan
asics ultimate 81asics ultimate 81
onitsuka coolidgeonitsuka coolidge
rotation 77rotation 77
asics topasics top
asics miniasics mini
asics olymposasics olympos
onitsuka kanuchionitsuka kanuchi
timberland bootstimberland boots

vibrams said...

All the cheap christian louboutin heels and louboutin heels for retailing inside our store can be to offer solutions of first-class quality. The christian louboutin evening complete great deal could possibly be the fine and fashionable one.They take place in fascinating design and layout and fashionable appearnce.The colourway also is quite popular. These christian louboutin pumps are luxury and noble. The christian louboutin peep toe show formal, a complete great deal extra show its gorgeous gloss and honour. hold into some mysterious alluring taste! This pairs of christian louboutin 2011 sandals attributes a quite considerable component for women's fabulous whole system figure, show their fabulous figure and fashionable gesture. Louboutin heels is a good choice for you, welcome to our Christian louboutin store!

elizabeth bernot said...

Costa Rica Fishing

http://www.fishingcostaricaexperts.com/

Fishing Costa Rica

li said...

Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Store offer 2011 new-style Christian Louboutin Sale Outlet online store.We will provide you with all kinds of CL.The Christian Louboutin Ankle Boots serve different functions and keep your feet stylish and warm,Christian Louboutin High Heels can always show our body in the best charming way, making her legs look as long as possible.Christian Louboutin New Style are the best choice for you to choose the brand, especially you want to keep steps to the fashion world.Christian Louboutin Peep Toes that are considered as classic due to the fact they are comfortable.Buy cheap Christian Louboutin Outlet Online shoes, get your favorite.
http://www.christianlouboutinoutletonline.org

li said...

Sale Louboutin shoe store is up for many years.A man who wants to play its expertise, it must fit the social environment needs. If you need from the social environment, their expertise will lose value. Therefore, we have according to community needs, determine their own actions, better to show themselves. Louboutin Shoes Sale shoes wear can make you look more beautiful, more attractive feet.
http://www.sale-louboutin-shoes.us

luck said...

Importantly make sure the Nike Air Max are very good vibrates resistancewe.Nike Air Griffey Max 1 with Nike shoe sole for traction technology and physical mobility Nike Free technology.TheNike Air Max 1 is a beautiful ship and very flawless.The shoes Nike Air Max 180 hovercraft significantly in the heel which is visible side of the base on most models.the design using cotton lining inspired Leahter feet. There are more and more popular, the success is to make materials and design feature styles. Nike Air Max 2009 is worth buying, rushed to use the time for direct purchase, brings great joy to you.

hibeyond said...

black boots

Chocolate boots

sand boots

Chestnut boots

gray boots

pink boots

grey boots
pink boots on sale


Black Ugg Boots

Chestnut Ugg Boots

Chocolate Ugg Boots

Grey Ugg Boots

Ugg Boots On Sale

Nike mercurial soccer cleats said...

Ah good exciting content! Will always come to our attention. To bring you good news-works perfect! Nike Football Cleats best shoes 2011!! And Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly.Nike soccer cleats with New nike soccer shoes or Nike mercurial soccer cleats .

linge said...

Our English Beats By Dre UK teacher,Ms Huang,came to our school in 1970.She has been Monster Beats By Dr.Dre an English teacher for more than 30 years.She works hard Cheap Beats By Dre and has been a model teacher for many years.She is kind Beats By Dre Studio and friendly to us after class, but She is rather Beats By Dre Sale strict with us in class.She always encourages us to speak and read more English.She often says,Practice makes perfect.Monster Lady Gaga She is good at teaching and tries her best to make every lesson lively and interesting.Beats Kobe Bryant She often gives us slide shows,teaches us English songs and helps us to put on short Beats By Dre Sale UK English plays.

linge said...

Colossal GHD NZ Tones professional Exclusive edition to help GHD New Wave you quintana Dark-colored,the producer could possibly GHD Diamond be considered a alternation from the conventional method humble GHD Hair Straighteners eye-catching flavor,the utilization the whole headset important GHD IV Styler styles dark-gray,dr dre headphones visual element to GHD Straighteners NZ arrive to be sophisticated,restrained.It appears such as the whole PS500 GHD Gold Classic Styler features especially exclusive appear personal loan company which in turn,from totality,operates just like GHD New Zealand very various.

linge said...

Spring,Beats By Dre UK my hometown,green grass and flowers are in bloom.Out of the tree Beats Kobe Bryant branches,birds singing in the merry.Looking around is the Beats By Dre Sale continuous mountains,mountains and rolling hillsides in the spring,as if a domesticated hen the carpet,until the sky. Dr Dre Beats Headohones Graceful flowers blossoming in a dotted mountains,attract Beats By Dre Studio colorful butterflies,in the depths of the mountain is the Beats By Dre Sale terraced rows of shapes,by definition,is the same as the stairs Monster Lady Gaga rice,a winding path to article rice into the ever-changing shape,some like crescent,and some,like boats, Beats By Dre Sale UK some as sickle in the spring.

linge said...

Life is Gucci Outlet always exciting winter vacation in the Gucci Handbags winter vacation,I've learned a lot,seen a lot,also felt Gucci Shoes UK a great deal.However,the most so I was surprised that Gucci Watches the home change is so fast.From black and white TV to Gucci Sunglasses color TV,from phone to phone,from the small,inadequate housing Gucci Outlet Store to the tall,luxurious villas home has undergone an Gucci Boots enormous list goes on!Changes in home really fast.Previously,the family Gucci Sale UK house is very old,broken everywhere,and even some corner of the moss has grown,made a mold.Under heavy rain,the Gucci Pumps housing estate,take the ride for the next subtitle of the rain,so the house really Gucci Sale Online good live.

linge said...

Changes Lacoste Shoes in home really fast.Previously,hearing his mother Lacoste Causal Shoes say,when there is Shiji Li far from home and Lacoste Shoes UK school to school are to go on foot a long time.There is Lacoste Trainers a bike ride to school has been a very bad condition,but also Lacoste UK a long time so in the past.If to a rainy day,the ground bumps and hollows,and go Lacoste Carnaby to school,the water was splashing mud all clothes,dirty.If the Lacoste Lyndon Slip-on summer,a big back to school bags,clothing and certainly all wet,can squeeze Cheap Lacoste Sale UKwater from it.

linge said...

Three Jeremy Scott Adidas attributes can help people in their studies.Adidas Mickey Hi First,a sense of responsibility is important Adidas Jeremy Scott for building a sound character.If you aren't Adidas Women Wingsresponsible,you'll postpone your assignments or devote too little time Jeremy Scott Wings to your schoolwork.Second,in school life,Adidas JS Bones relationships between people are valuable.Friends can bring you Jeremy Scott Shop happiness and laughter.In addition,you can discuss problems and pursue knowledge with them.She is not only Jeremy Scott Wings Shoes our teacher but also our friend.We all respect and love her.Tomorrow she is going to Adidas Originals attend an important meeting,at which she will be given a medal for her Jeremy Scott Shoes advanced deeds