Today we can add another item to Kasich’s “Painfully unprepared for prime-time” list. Or maybe two.
A complaint filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) this afternoon accuses John Kasich of illegally coordinating with his Super PAC, New Day For America.
The complaint, from the American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) , argues that both John Kasich and his Super PAC broke federal law by missing registration deadlines with the FEC.
New Day For America spent nearly $60K on advertising on July 8, 2015 to support Kasich’s presidential campaign. The group then kicked off an online fundraising drive using videos of Kasich personally endorsing the group, even though both Kasich and his PAC didn’t officially register with the FEC until July 23rd.
Federal law requires PACs to register within 10 days and candidates to register within 15 days. Both the PAC and the campaign missed those deadlines.
Here’s a summary of the complaint from the :
On June 28, 2015, Kasich’s advisers told the media that Mr. Kasich would be announcing his candidacy on July 21. Mr. Kasich did not file his Statement of Candidacy with the FEC within 15 days of making his decision on June 28, 2015 (which would have been July 13, 2015). Instead, his Statement of Candidacy was filed on July 23, 2015.New Day For America is an independent expenditure-only committee. A political committee has ten days within spending $1,000 or more to register and report as such with the FEC. New Day For America bought at least $58,400 worth of advertising to support Mr. Kasich’s candidacy on July 8, 2015. After that purchase, New Day For America had until July 18, 2015 to register with the FEC. However, the organization did not file its Statement of Organization with the FEC until July 23, 2015.Mr. Kasich, a federal candidate for President, appears in a video on New Day For America’s donation page, in which he includes himself among the establishers of the organization by stating, “And that’s why I’m announcing that we created the New Day For America Committee.” Because New Day For America raises money outside of federal contribution limits and the video appears on the organization’s donation page, Mr. Kasich has violated the law in establishing and soliciting funds for the independent expenditure-only committee. Further, the two ads paid for by New Day For America in which Mr. Kasich appears directly on camera to discuss his qualifications for President are considered illegal coordinated communications.
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