The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is filing suit in federal court forcing the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate. The complaint says McCain violated campaign finance laws by opting out of the federal matching fund program, after previously benefitting from it by using anticipated matching funds to secure a private loan. That assistance helped his campaign in the GOP primary.
Earlier this year, the DNC filed a complaint with the FEC when McCain withdrew from the program. Last February, the Washington Post reported on McCain's scam, based on a "stern warning" to McCain from the Republican Chair of the FEC -- and noted the potential for criminal behavior by McCain: Knowingly violating the spending limit is a criminal offense that could put McCain at risk of stiff fines and up to five years in prison.
“John McCain poses as a reformer but when it comes to his own campaign, he thinks the rules apply to everyone but him,” said DNC Chairman Howard Dean. “Taxpayer dollars helped him secure a private loan to keep his campaign afloat; he got free ballot access which saved his campaign money and yet it’s clear he doesn’t think he needs to stick by the legally binding contract he signed. John McCain is breaking the law and doesn’t seem to care.”
Speaking of pushing the limits, it's hard to believe that in 2008 such idiotic racist nonsense is still perpetuated - at the Texas State Republican Convention, no less!