June 17th, 2008
11:40 AM ET
7 years ago

DNC plans lawsuit to press McCain investigation

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee said Tuesday it plans to file a lawsuit next week to try to force a federal investigation over whether John McCain’s withdrawal from the public financing system violated the law – the latest move in an effort that dates back to February, when the Arizona senator effectively clinched the Republican presidential nomination.

Democrats say McCain’s decision to use the promise of federal matching funds as collateral to keep his financially struggling campaign afloat late last year prevents him from withdrawing from the system – and its strict spending requirements – now that he is on sounder financial footing.

The DNC first filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, which has lacked a working quorum all year – which means it has not officially ruled on either McCain’s request or the DNC complaint. Two months ago, a court ruled that the FEC could convene without a quorum within the 120-day window they are allowed to examine complaints. The new suit, which the party plans to file in U.S. District Court next week, is intended to force the agency to take action before that period ends June 24.

UPDATE: Republicans again dismissed the effort as political grandstanding. “Having been thrown out of court just one month ago, the DNC now announces that it will once more file the same meritless lawsuit, again wasting judicial resources for its own political agenda. Once again, the DNC has neither the law nor the facts on their side,” said Republican National Committee Chief Counsel Sean Cairncross.


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soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Conservative for McCain

    Obama’s foreign policy of Appeasment to dictators, Criminal law approach to terrorism, and policy based on UN mandate could make him the Western worlds worst foreign policy leader since the not-so-great Neville Chamberlain.
    Obama’s Ecomonic policies of Punishing success and the American capitalist way of life, Tax-Tax-and Tax again the populace to resitribute wealth makes him the greatest proponent of Marxism since Karl himself.
    Americans will deserve the catastrophe he brings us if they are ignorant enough to vote him. The only real positive being that he would be removed from the state of Illinois (where I live) which will hopefully limit the local damage he has wreaked upon our economy as a state legislator and now US Senator.
    Vote Obama – LONG LIVE SOCIALISM

    June 17, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Timothy

    American people look at this country wrong track. Economy is a mess!! Think, who was leading this country Republicians and their Policies Clearly we need CHANGE and who best can bring about that change Obama clearly can it will be a postive change because Obama's Administration and his Policies is for the American people not BIG CORPORATION Obama's Administration will hear the American people and work for the American people. Mccain will give us more of the Same Bush.

    June 17, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Casey

    @nick
    um, you DO realize that offshore drilling will take YEARS to even produce ANYTHING? So by the time we maybe find the oil that maybe might produce another big environmental disaster on our coasts, we could already be at PEAK oil.

    The issue isn't high gas prices - frankly, those might get you out of your gas-guzzling truck driving – big SUV "identity" vehicles and either driving less or driving more efficient vehicles. I've always wondered about the compensation factor for men compelled to drive big trucks with big wheels... hmmm....

    The goal is to REPLACE oil with alternative energy.

    June 17, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Quinton

    Vote Nader? Are you stupid?

    June 17, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Independant Thinker

    It will be hard for the Democrats to call what McCain has done as illegal, if you know anything about the law. And without an FEC quorum, there is little that can be done.

    June 17, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. NC Voter

    I am a Democrat, but in my opinion, the DNC lacks credibility and basic support of the broad Democratic spectrum to bring lawsuit against anyone. Until this organization changes leadership and direction, it is doomed to failure and lack of support from the American people. Frankly, if a strong Independent candidate came forth, the election would be all over–neither Obama or McCain could win. The two political parties have put up their worst candidates in years.

    June 17, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. jj

    KD, get real, you don;t have to be born on American soil, your parents have to be american. His dad was in the service and stationed outside the US, that doesn't mean he isn't a citizen.

    June 17, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Ralph

    Based on the update, the RNC has nothing to worry about. Except of course, losing the WH and congress for the next 8 years.

    June 17, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Glendell Latham

    That did is. The booing of the mention of Hillary's name by his
    supporters at his recent speech in Michigan. And I as a democrat
    am supposed to stand side-by-side with these haters of my preferred
    candidate, Hillary and cheer for theirs? I don't think so. If they can't
    put aside their feelings toward my candidate, what makes them
    think I can put aside mine for theirs? These people aren't very smart. They will need the great majority of us 18 million Hillary supporters
    in November. This adds fule to the fire. I see Obama as being no
    better than McCain. I don't care about the DNC or the party. I vote McCain in November.

    June 17, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. kathy in ohio

    obama and the DNC are sounding a bit in a panic. are they getting worried mccain might have a little more resources to reach out to us hillarys supporters. obama the damage is done you have made us turn away from the democratic party

    June 17, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Liz from Atlanta, GA

    To whoever says Obama has no experience running anything. . . .
    I think he ran his campaign pretty well. As opposed to Hillary who was 20 million in debt and McCain who had to take a loan. . . . .

    June 17, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Maxine

    Please post my comments Mccain is wrong for this country and the voters need to hear and know the facts and let the people's comments be seen and post them and stop holding people comments and post the comments of the people that is why this is here LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS let us leave our comments

    June 17, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Robert

    So basically the Dems are afraid of a straight-up fight.

    June 17, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. DM, Arlington TX

    Under the Bush Administration the Law and the Rules does not apply to the Republicans......

    June 17, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Eric

    So am i allowed to take out a loan against a house before i buy it? No. If the promise of matching funds weren't there he wouldn't have gotten the loan.

    June 17, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Obama is the best person for WH.I didnt know much about his wiseness and charm till i actually listened to his the other day on TV.Yes, for a change i actually listened to someone.Must say he has some real good plans for this country.His univeral health care might actually help me afford medicines(I have been suffering from PTSD since my return from Afganistan).I am sorry i have been such a Dhead all this time.Vote democratic.Vote Obama !
    Obama 08-16 !

    June 17, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Wise White Guy

    Good, they should. I am tired of rich people using loopholes and then the rest of us have to pay their way. They do the same with taxes. They claim to be the tax cut party but the only ones who ever see any real breaks are their rich buddies. Remember Bush Sr and his famous No New Taxes speech. Well i remember very well how that big fat lie turned out. McCain seems like the same deal to me. He puts out an ad saying he cares about the environment and then promotes offshore drilling. He says he differs from Bush about global warming and yet he was scheduled to go to a fundraiser being thrown by an oil barron. I still don't know if he is just an old senile fool who doesnt realize he is not in control of himself or if he has just turned into a typical lying politician. I am so glad i agree with Barack Obama on almost everything because McSame is driving me nuts.

    June 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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