Fw: John McCain is breaking the law

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—– Original Message —–

Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 3:56 PM
Subject: RE: John McCain is breaking the law

SHEREE —

I’m Joe Sandler, General Counsel for the DNC. Yesterday we filed a
complaint with the FEC after John McCain decided to break the law by
ignoring the rules laid out as part of the federal matching funds
program.

I don’t know if you saw the news, but the press covered the complaint
all day. John McCain himself directly responded to Governor Dean at a
press conference, saying "We’re doing exactly what Howard Dean did in a
previous election and what the FEC ruled in the case of Congressman
Gephardt."

But that’s a lie — John McCain isn’t doing what Governor Dean and
Congressman Gephardt did at all.

Governor Dean and Congressman Gephardt followed the law and were
granted written permission by the FEC to withdraw from the federal
matching funds program.

To prove it, we have a copy of the letter Governor Dean received from
the FEC in 2003 granting him permission to drop out. If McCain is doing
"exactly what Howard Dean did," he’ll have no trouble producing a letter
of his own.

But you and I know McCain’s lying — he doesn’t have a letter like
that from the FEC. Not only has he refused to get permission, he’s been
warned by FEC Chairman David Mason that he can’t unilaterally drop out
of the program. That’s why we filed the complaint in the first place,
and it’s why tens of thousands of Americans like you signed your
support.

Read Governor Dean’s letter from the FEC, and sign your support for
our complaint right here:

http://www.democrats.org/McCainBusted

John McCain abused the system to keep his campaign afloat until he
could raise more money from special interests and lobbyists. Taxpayers
don’t want their money to be used by Washington politicians to help
raise more money from lobbyists — is this McCain’s idea of ethics and
reform?

Thanks to you, this "maverick reformer" is feeling the pressure of
his own hypocrisy. From staffing his campaign with a team of lobbyists
to breaking campaign finance laws, his total lack of integrity has never
been more clear.

Keep it up,

Joe Sandler
General Counsel
Democratic National Committee

——– Original Message ——–

Subject:

John McCain is breaking the law

Date:

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 03:50:11 PM

From:

Howard Dean

To:

Joe Sandler

The Democratic Party

 

Dear Joe,

We are filing a complaint with the FEC. Sign your support.There
was a lot of talk last week about John McCain’s blatant hypocrisy
on ethics and integrity in Washington.

Here we go again.

McCain is now breaking the law by ignoring the campaign
spending restrictions for the Republican primary that came when he
asked for federal matching funds — funds he used as collateral on
a loan that helped keep his campaign going.

But now that the lobbyist and special interest money has
started pouring into his campaign, he’s trying to back out of the
promise he made just a few months ago. They’re feeding so much
cash into his bank account, this "reformer" wants nothing to do
with federal campaign finance laws anymore.

That’s why today, we’re filing a formal complaint with the
Federal Election Commission demanding that John McCain be held to
the campaign finance laws. Trying to back out shows a total lack
of integrity and honesty — he made a deal with the American
people to to abide by the law, and in return, he was guaranteed
taxpayer money that he used to back a loan.

Joe, I’d like you to add your name in support of our complaint,
and ask as many people as you can to sign on. American taxpayers
made a deal with John McCain — now that he’s flush with lobbyist
cash, he wants to pretend that it never happened.

Sign on right now:

http://www.democrats.org/McCainBusted

Here’s the background on the situation.

A few months ago, John McCain applied for and was approved to
receive federal matching funds. Because he couldn’t find enough
people to fund his campaign, he was also forced to apply for a $4
million line of credit, which he secured by using the federal
matching funds as collateral.

By taking the federal funding, he agreed to spend no more than
$57 million until the Republican convention. But so far, his
campaign has spent at least $49 million — leaving him with less
than $10 million to campaign with through September.

Now that he’s won the nomination and has the support of the
Republican lobbyist and special interest machine, he’s trying to
ignore that the whole thing ever happened. He recently wrote a
letter to the FEC telling them that he was backing out, even
though the FEC is very clear that any request to withdraw from the
agreement must be approved; you can’t just change your mind and
take it back — legally, you have to be given permission.

McCain isn’t asking because he knows he’ll never be granted
permission, and he doesn’t want to have to accept the funding
restrictions he agreed to when he used the money as collateral for
a loan. He’s ripping a page right from George Bush’s playbook:
ignoring the laws when they aren’t convenient and hoping no one
will notice.

Stand up and show him that hundreds of thousands of people have
noticed — he can’t change the rules in the middle of the game
because he doesn’t like how things are going for him:

http://www.democrats.org/McCainBusted

Using government programs when it’s politically convenient and
breaking the rules when it’s not … remind you of anyone?

Just like George Bush, John McCain thinks he’s above the law.
McCain poses as a reformer, but seems to think reforms apply to
everyone but him.

Time to send him a message.

Howard Dean


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