April 14th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

DNC sues FEC in effort to block McCain spending

 DNC Chairman Howard Dean.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic Party on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Federal Elections Commission seeking to force the group to investigate whether John McCain has violated federal spending limits for his primary campaign.

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

The DNC first filed a complaint with the FEC in February, arguing then that McCain should be forced to accept the matching funds - and the spending limits that come with it.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean said that McCain not only used the prospect of the funds as loan collateral, but he also accepted automatic ballot access in every state - an advantage given to those who accept federal matching funds. (Those who do not accept federal matching funds are forced to gain ballot access themselves - a task that can cost millions of dollars.)

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  1. Dina Phila., Pa

    Sad to say, but McCain might not live to be able to use the money in November. I think the Republicans better have a back-up nominee. They keep forgetting how OLD McCain is. He's pretty old.

    April 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. LIZ KEESEE/oklahoma

    Gimmee a break. The DNC won't allow Michigan and Florida to county and now they want to rule the Republican party also?!

    April 14, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Stan von Kotin

    Newflash for David in Santa Maria, CA... both major political parties are so dirty that it is sickening. Find me a politician that wouldn't sell his grandma's kidneys (while she was still alive) for political gain and I will shake you to wake you up from whatever dream you are having.

    Politicians will use whatever dirty, underhanded tricks will win them office; the bigger the office, the bigger the lengths they will go to to get it. That goes for Democrats and Republicans alike.

    April 14, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Robby from TX

    lol. I keep forgetting that John McCain is in the race.

    I thought it was just Hillary & Obama.

    April 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Sure

    Sounds like the DNC is getting worried over something......

    April 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Motov8n

    Caught You!!! "NOT THIS TIME"!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Deb, Texas

    McCain needs to get off of Obama's back and respond to this. McCain make sure your own backyard is clean first or did you just forget to clean it?

    April 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Jim from Texas

    Come on America! You have to choose the least of the political evils. It sure can't be Clinton or Obama. They make the devil proud!!!!! All politicians are in it for 2 things: MONEY and POWER. They could care less about us "Little People." If you think any of them are for you and your family, open your eyes and your ears, they don't!!!! Quit bickering with each other and take a stand on changing our government values.
    Stand up for our constitutional rights, put God back in our schools, disbar the ACLU(worse than politicians), put your families first. It is not about me or you, it is about our children and their children. Grow up and demand our politicians hear our voices. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Doug R.

    McCain is a fraud and a dirty liar. He is in bed with big business, big oil, lobbyists, and the Bush administration. Has he or his wife filed tax returns?? McCain would do anything and say anything to anyone anywhere to score votes. America can do better and we need better, much better, than another Bush term.

    April 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. bad idea

    o Doug R
    Are you Obama suppoter?Only Obama suppoters can spew such hate.A word of advised,you should back up your hatred when you write somehing as that.
    For your imformation all the candidates has ties to lobbyist,big bussiness and big oil.Oil company are not supposed to donate money to any campaign directly as it is illegal,so they are usuing workers,spouse etc to donate their money.And for your information as well,Obama is the second candidate who among the three candidates received money for big oil and also the pharma.The top spot belong to Clinton and mccain is the last as he only received less than 100 thousand dollars with this two big company conbined.If you think Lobbyist funded Mccain campaign than you be in shock as I woild check your Obama campaign itself.Do you wisely think that all that millions comes from people like us?Please do some research before you write.It will upgrade you on your knowledge.Jus because you do not like a candidae doesnt mean you should shows such hatred.No wonder Obamamaniac to drink cool aid everytime.

    April 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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