[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/13/art.colemanfranken1.gi.jpg caption="The FEC made a decision about fundraising for the Coleman-Franken election constest."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A decision by the Federal Election Commission may ensure that the drawn-out Senate contest between Al Franken and Norm Coleman will not end any time soon.
The Federal Election Commission recently announced that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee can establish a recount fund to collect donations that will be used to cover expenses related to 2008 Minnesota senate recount and election contest.
The FEC decision allows the DSCC to raise $30,400 from individuals and $15,000 from multicandidate political committees during 2009. These new contributions are in addition to and separate from any other donations made to the DSCC for its overall efforts to support Democratic Senate candidates.
Attorneys for national Republicans submitted legal arguments to the FEC in support of the DSCC and the practical effect of the FEC's decision is to allow both parties to engage in separate, additional fundraising to cover the mounting costs of the Franken-Coleman battle.
A winner still has yet to be determined in the Franken-Coleman contest, even though Election Day was more than four months ago. Franken came out ahead after a recount which was followed by an election contest lawsuit filed by Coleman. Last week, Coleman's lawyer predicted that Franken would be victorious in the trial and that Coleman would appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The decision by the trial court is expected any day now.