January 29, 2008

Seriously, Al. Stop. It's just embarrassing now:

I'm reading through this complaint the Al Wynn campaign just filed against Donna Edwards with the FEC. He literally accuses SEIU, the League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the Earth, Anna Burger, EMILY's List, the Arca Foundation, ACORN, and the Tides Foundation of campaign finance violations, though as you can see it's kind of hilarious what independent experts think. [..]

First of all, the complaint is signed by Lori Sherwood, Al Wynn's campaign manager and a former Comcast lobbyist. Here's Wynn in the Baltimore Sun.

"There seems to be a vast, dare I say, left-wing conspiracy designed to circumvent campaign finance laws," Wynn told reporters during a conference call. "Within this scheme, her supporters are coordinating efforts to exceed fundraising limits and engaging in illegal campaign activities."...
An attorney with the independent Campaign Legal Center in Washington who was asked by The Sun to review the complaint said it didn't appear to contain any facts that would constitute illegal collaboration.

"Interestingly, and unlike most complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission, there's not a single provision of federal campaign finance law directly cited in the complaint," attorney Paul Ryan said. "Several of the allegations, in my view, make clear the complainant doesn't really have a clear understanding of what constitutes coordination under federal law."

Of course, Wynn is quite familiar with dirty tactics. In 2006, his staffers beat up a Donna Edwards volunteer, he faked endorsements from among others SEIU and the Teamsters in his mailings, and he probably masked illegal corporate contributions. Read on...

Donna Edwards is one of our Blue America candidates. If you want to be part of the "vast left-wing conspiracy" to get rid of Bush Dog Al Wynn in favor of a progressive candidate, you can contribute to Donna's campaign here.

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