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Posted on Apr 14, 2008 in Across the US, Campaign '08, Democrats, Government, Liberalism, RNC

DNC has no plans of stopping McCain lawsuit

As the Democrats start to see that this election probably wont be as predictable as they once thought, the DNC has found itself in a position where they now MUST focus on trying to convince the Federal Elections Commission that Senator McCain did in fact lock himself into campaign spending limits before he became the presumptive nominee.

From CNN.com:

The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court in Washington, is the latest move by the Democratic National Committee that seeks to prove the Arizona senator locked himself into campaign spending limits earlier this year.

The DNC claims McCain did so when he used the prospect of $6 million in federal matching funds as collateral for a December bank loan to his campaign.

But after it became apparent he would be the Republican presidential nominee, McCain notified the FEC in early February that he was not claiming federal matching funds. Claiming those funds would limit his spending on the primary campaign to $54 million.

To be exact, the maximum figure that he could spent, according to the FEC is $56,757,500.

However, Senator McCain has spent well over that amount.

The reality is that at this point, the FEC really doesn’t have the ability or manpower to carryout the request of the DNC, which is why the Democrats must now rely on the courts. But does the DNC think that it’s likely that for the court to take action? It’s the end of an administration, so you can never predict these things.

The Republican National Committee called the lawsuit “total nonsense.”

“It is now clear that the trial-lawyer Democrats’ idea of campaigning for president is to hire lawyers and file frivolous lawsuits,” RNC spokesman Alex Conant said. “It’s unfortunate the DNC is now trying to drag the federal courts into their circus as well.”

This is a good point. Instead of focusing on their candidates and ensuring that all their delegates have a voice at the convention, they are trying to create a distraction to rile up their base and hope they focus on Senator McCain, instead of the back-and-fourth mudslinging going on between Senator Obama and Senator McCain.

For those of us who have, are or will be working on campaigns, this is going to be an interesting case to watch. What I think the most significant thing to watch is how the FEC decided to address this. They are understaffed and essentially have no power. If both sides see that the oversight and enforcement is going to be weak, this could be an even more interesting campaign.