Sunday, April 20, 2008
FEC Complaint Filed Against Orentlicher
Blogger Jacob Perry has filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that the campaign of 7th District Democratic candidate David Orentlicher violated federal contribution limits of $2,300 per election. He specifically identifies three violations in his complaint. It's my understanding that a contributor can donate $2,300 per election. In the 7th District this year, there are technically four elections: special election caucus, special election general, primary and general election. Technically, a candidate in the 7th District race could collect a total of $9,200 as long as the contributions are separately designated among these four elections. Can Orentlicher collect that amount from a single contributor in advance? Prior to filing his complaint, Perry says he vetted the issues he raised in his complaint with a campaign finance attorney, who believes the donations in question violate the law on contribution limits. I'm not sure of the nuances of this law, although I understand the so-called "Millionaire's Amendment" triggered by the campaign of Dr. Woody Myers allows other candidates in the race to exceed the $2,300 limit. Perry points out in his complaint, though, that the contributions in question were made prior to the filing of Myers' Millionaire's Amendment.