Skip to comments.FEC Seeks Answers From Pro-Cochran Super PAC
Posted on 07/01/2014 6:20:03 PM PDT by Viennacon
The federal agency regulating and monitoring money in federal elections is seeking answers from a pro-Cochran Super PAC regarding what appears to be campaign finance violations.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has sent a Request For Additional Information (RFAI) to Mississippi Conservatives, a Super PAC supporting the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. The committee has until August 1st to respond, or the failure to do so could result in an audit or enforcement action.
The FEC letter states the committee may have failed to file one or more of the required 24-hour report(s) regarding last minute independent expenditures. Specifically, the committee did not file a 24-hour report for a $15,000 payment on May 30th to Scott Howell & Company as an independent expenditures against Chris McDaniel, R-Miss.
The FEC also sought answers for an independent expenditure paid to Winning Edge that was reported on a 24-hour report, but was not correlated with the committees Schedule E for the 12-Day pre-runoff report covering 5/15 through 6/4.
Just a bundle update for people interested in this, the most important story of the week.
1) McDaniel camp has verified they have currently 3300 fraudulent votes found, and thats not even HALF of the ballots looked through yet
2) Latest tweet from Charles Johnson who blew this thing wide open
"REPORT from credible source: Cochran is planning to resign if a special election is called.. #mssen"
Ladies & Gentlemen, we may be on the verge of a Dan Rather like implosion. I smell blood in the water!
Charles C. Johnson @ChuckCJohnson · 1m
Aftr @clarionledger writes wrong hitpiece against me I get reporter asking to write story. I think I’ll help.
i pray this gop-e m-f bastard goes down in flames. he deserves jail time as much as any average democrat does.
I want a GOPe implosion.
“REPORT from credible source: Cochran is planning to resign if a special election is called.. #mssen”
If Cochran resigned today, the ballot still prints his name, and a blank line for write-in below it. None of Cochroach’s ballot checks would be counted but God knows what mayhem would
happen on the write-in line unless Chris McDaniel stickers are printed and mailed to every Mississippian, since a lot of Democrats now are engaged in the Republican campaign.
“I want a GOPe implosion.”
Thad Cochran is either going down this summer (to be replaced by McDaniel on November’s ballot) or he is going down in November and taking this Republican seat with him.
Oh, how I despise this despicable and evil creature and his GOPe fellow criminals.
As I understood it, if Cochran stood down, McDaniel would be made the nominee. Am I wrong? He hasn’t even filed charges yet
I want to SAY you’re right, but I’ve been straightened up so many times today about stuff we THOUGHT was right, I’m now unqualified to comment.
“Specifically, the committee did not file a 24-hour report for a $15,000 payment on May 30th to Scott Howell & Company as an independent expenditures against Chris McDaniel, R-Miss.”
Where have we heard that magic number before.
I am aware of the clause I think you are getting that from, which says if Cochran died or retired, the write in box would activate and be counted. But I’m not sure it would end up with the Republicans having nobody on the ballot. That would be insane.
Your understanding is correct. Mississippi would put McDaniel on the ballot, if Cochran makes himself unavailable for the election. I think the timing on ballot printing is 45 or 60 days before the election.
If Cochran is declared the winner and then declines to run in November for "health" or other non-political reasons, then the Mississippi state GOP names a new nominee to fill the vacancy. That person does not have to be McDaniel.
Timing is everything right now.
Bump to your post.
“winner and then declines to run in November for “health” or other non-political reasons, then the Mississippi state GOP names a new nominee to fill the vacancy. That person does not have to be McDaniel.”
God, please tell me they aren’t planning to pull this emergency solution out of the bag and make Haley the nominee...
Looks like the marx-o-crats win either way. Thud takes the seat down in flames or this is strung out to the last minute with McDaniels not having time to get traction. (yeah, I’m in a bad mood)
I think that was the plan.... but the SOS has to certify the race before McDaniel can protest it with his evidence.
$15,000 - is that the walking around money that was offered to the Reverend?
Hannity just ran a large segment called “Dirty Politics” about the Mississippi Cochran /Barbour campaign.
Watched it. Excellent coverage, They should have name dropped Charles rather than just ‘independent journalist’. And the statement from McDaniel they read is now out of date, it is not 2500 fraud ballots they have, its 3300.
Sean Hannity, you da man!
The most important part of this is: what do the voters think? It seems that so far Cochran’s victory has been utterly pyrrhic and self-destructive. If that’s the case, McDaniel’s hand just keeps getting stronger.
This is as much a PR campaign as a legal one. There has to be such a demand that no judge could turn it down, no matter what the bribe from the insiders. This will be the GOPe’s Waterloo.
I’d say Hannity just put a scimitar through Cochran. I can’t find viewership ratings for Fox in the state of Mississippi, but its got to be high. Thousands just heard that Cochran is a massive fraud.
Karl Rove is probably eating a comfort ham right now
Or laying with one.
Latest update from Charles Johnson!
“Ok, you asked nicely. Cochran camp offered McDaniel MSGOP chair Joe Nosef’s job!”
Apparenrtly McDaniel said NO
That’s utter desperation. McDaniel will win the Senate seat and tell them who the next head is. Why settle for less?
I got a feeling there are several “$15,000” payments that haven’t been accounted for. I know of one that wasn’t paid and I’m sure we know the reason why.
And there are a lot of $15 payments unaccounted for.
Maybe Fielder misunderstood. He was given $15,000 to go buy 1,000 votes. The work part was supposed to be done out of the kindness of his heart.
The code stipulates that this practice depends on the nominee being unopposed.
AS: 23-15-317. Nomination of nominee when vacancy in nomination occurs between primary election and general election; procedure for withdrawal based upon legitimate nonpolitical reason.The code has provisions for choosing a nominee who does not receive a majority of votes in the first primary, including the possibility of withdrawal, for any reason, of one or more candidates.
If any person nominated for office in a primary election shall die, be removed after his nomination or withdraw or resign from his candidacy for a legitimate nonpolitical reason as defined in this section, and such vacancy in nomination shall occur between the primary election and the ensuing general election, then the municipal, county or state executive committee with which the original nominee qualified as a candidate in the primary election shall nominate a nominee for such office. Where such a party nominee is unopposed each political party registered with the State Board of Election Commissioners shall have the privilege of nominating a candidate for the office involved.
AS: 23-15-305. Majority vote required for nomination; run-off elections.Now, that descries the consequences against the ballot in the primary runoff, not the general election.
The candidate who received the majority number of votes cast for the office which he seeks shall thereby become the nominee of his party for such office and no person shall be declared to be the nominee of his party unless and until he has received a majority of the votes cast for such office, except as hereinafter provided. If no candidate received such majority of the votes cast in the first primary, then the two (2) candidates who receive the highest number of votes cast for such office shall have their names submitted as such candidates to the second primary and the candidate who leads in such second primary shall be nominated for the office.
If the candidate who received the second highest number of votes cast for such office for any reason declines to enter the second primary, then in that event the candidate who received the third highest shall have his name submitted to the second primary, together with the candidate who received the highest number of votes cast for such office.
If the candidate who received the third highest number of votes cast for such office for any reason declines to enter the second primary, then in that event the candidate who received the fourth highest shall have his name submitted to the second primary, together with the candidate who received the highest number of votes cast for such office. ...
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
If the candidate with the most votes or the candidate with the second most votes declines to ent er the runoff, the candidate with the next highest votes would be entitled to have his name placed on the r unoff ballot. Chaney, Nov. 7, 2002, A.G. Op. #02-0676.
The remarks in the code and associated material that describe the outcome on the general election ballot, if the winner of the primary exits for political reasons, seem to indicate that the party loses its right to obtain the office.
AS: 23-15-307. Nomination as condition of being placed on general election ballot and holding office.I think the way all that works together is that if Cochran withdraws and McDaniel "opposes" the choice of the party apparatchik, then the party has to conduct another primary election so that somebody gets a majority of votes in the party's primary. If McDaniel is unopposed, but Cochran withdraws for political reasons, I don't know whether or not a primary would be required.
The name of any candidate shall not be placed upon the official ballot in general elections as a party nominee who is not nominated as herein provided, and the election of any party nominee who shall be nominated otherwise than as provided in this chapter shall be void and he shall not be entitled to hold the office to which he may have been elected.
I agree that "timing is everything," but at least two months are available to reach that conclusion. IOW, decide by early September that yet another primary election must be held.
I can picture the Democratic party filing a suit that McDaniel is not entitled to the office, under the combination of no primary election where McDaniel obtained the majority, and Cochran's withdrawal is not for non-political reasons.
“Karl Rove is probably eating a comfort ham right now”
Congratulations Karl. You have just given the Democrats their meme for the next couple of election cycles. The Culture of Corruption. Only they won’t be talking about the totally corrupt Obama administration which the media ignored. No sired. This will consume the national attention.
“Latest update from Charles Johnson!
Ok, you asked nicely. Cochran camp offered McDaniel MSGOP chair Joe Nosefs job!
Apparenrtly McDaniel said NO”
Is this a joke? I would like to nosef rplaced but Chris belongs in the Senate.
If true, this is important because they KNOW the evidence is there waiting to be found
Therefore, the only saving grace for Republicans in Mississippi right now is for Cochran to concede the primary before the votes are certified. That makes McDaniel the outright winner. Then they can all look the other way regarding Cochran's illegalities.
Any other way makes it a messy affair for Republicans in Mississippi, and nationally.
If this is allowed to fester, Republicans really can blow a sure thing this year, something only the McConnell crew knows how to do with regularity.
That whole section of code pertains to primary elections, and the process by which a party chooses its nominee.
If the GOP tries to annoint a person, and McDaniel opposes that candidate, then the party has to conduct an election to make the choice, and in order to properly be on the general election ballot (eligible for office), the nominee has to either be unopposed (in the primary) or receive a majority of votes in the primary/runoff.
Cochran conceding does not make McDaniel receive a majority of votes in the primary.
“If true, this is important because they KNOW the evidence is there waiting to be found.”
And on a related note, there certainly IS a reason they are conducting massive resistance to allowing True-The-Vote access to the absentee ballot material. The GOPe has been getting consulting advice from their DemocRAT partners on how to conduct election fraud. They just aren’t as good yet as the RATS on covering their tracks.
It’s an evil monstrosity we’re facing in the Cochran-Barbour corruption machine.
Thank God we caught this budding evil monstrosity in the bud.
Now let’s catch all the other machines.
Make the machines afraid to machine!
In addition to the ballots cast, there are more than 19,000 absentee ballots that came in for the runoff and were significantly higher than for the first primary. The McDaniel camp strongly suspects there is substantial fraud in these absentee ballots and they have not yet begun to review them.
Cochran should resign because if it is proven that he is linked in any way to buying votes with walking around money, then he will be kicked out of Congress and I think that entails losing his pension.
True, that may be why there is this new floated news he will resign if another election is called. He may now be thinking of his pension over Haley’s interests.
The first part has to do with a vacancy after the primary is settled. It's not settled yet, so it doesn't apply yet.
No one likes a prolonged fight but I think McDaniel should set the example and track the corruption all the way back to DC and the GOPe.
A lot of wars in history were prolonged by a failure to hunt down the enemy when it was in retreat. Often the victors on a battlefield will run off the aggressors and call it a day. That is wrong. Because the enemy escapes and lives to fight another day. Patton knew this well.
Yes, McDaniel becomes the nominee when Cochran steps down. But he should *at a minimum* demand certain concessions from the state GOP and the GOPe in DC:
1. Immediate resignations of MS state GOP leaders including Connie Cochran and Haley Barbour.
2. No more outside funds period directed by or involving a sitting member of Congress supporting an incumbent against a challenger in a primary in any state.
3. McConnell steps down as minority leader and is barred from becoming majority leader.
4. Choice of committee assignments for Senator McDaniel.
Such demands can sue for peace in return for not pursuing criminal charges against members of the GOPe that were involved in the Cochran corruption against McDaniel.
Seem like reasonable demands, but Connie Cochran will go down separately if the allegations of McInnis are true. She’s looking at a long prison sentence.
BUMP TO THE TOP
Thank you for your continuing insight, it is invaluable.
Keep it comin’!
No one likes a prolonged fight
We’re not just trading recipes here.
Thank you so much... very few of us have the time to dig into States’ election laws, and FEC percussions on them, like you do.
Are you exhausted? I am. But in 25 hours, this has gone from a lone ex-Breitbart blogger to National!
From a posting on a knock-up website to Fox News in 25 hours. Pretty damn impressive.
I am sensing a Dan Rather moment coming
But this would be an expose of the whole RAT/RINO vote fraud machine.
The tightest held secret of American Politics ripped apart, for everybody to see the cross-section of across-the-aisle fraud.
The way the code reads, the timing refers to "between primary and general elections," and I don't know if an election is complete on the day the ballots are cast, or on the day the contest is finally settled, or some other day. Either way, I don't think "certification" represents final settlement. If McDaniel contests the certified outcome, the race remains unsettled until his claim is resolved.
If Cochran wins the primary (gets a final settlement after McDaniel's claims have been resolved), then drops out between the primary and general election (whatever that timing is), then there is no person with a majority of votes in the primary.
I noticed that the code does not directly address a situation where the majority vote getter in the primary (the nominee) drops out for political reasons; and that's partly how I reached the inference that if Cochran drops out for political reasons, another primary has to be held. There is also a note in the code, that if Cochran drops out for other than a non-political reason, the executive committee lacks the power to name the party's nominee. This is under 23-15-317, "vacancy in nomination between primary election and general election" ...
If a nominee withdraws for a legitimate nonpolitical reason as defined in Section 23-15-317 and his sworn affidavit is approved by the State Board of Election Commissioners, the municipal party executive committee would then be required to name a substitute nominee. If a nominee withdraws and no affidavit is submitted and approved, said executive committee would have no authority to name a substitute nominee. In either case, the nominee has the right to withdraw his candidacy pursuant to Section 23-15-363. Baum, May 20, 2005, A.G. Op. 05-0237.I think all that complexity is there to prevent parties from pulling bait and switch, or intimidating/bribing a nominee (primary winner) to withdraw - and also to encourage candidates to stick to their decision to run in the primary contest.
The way I see it, the voters have fully spoken in the primary. We don't know the results yet, but the election has been held. If Cochran is found to be the winner, and drops out for ANY reason, there is no person with a majority of votes in the primary. If Cochran drops out without a good non-political reason, the party apparatchik can't name a nominee - and no person has a majority. Looks to me that path means another election.
If Cochran is found the winner then drops out with a good non-political reason, and the party apparatchik names Barbour's son as the nominee, McDaniel will contest the selection, and again there has to be an election so one or the other can obtain a majority of votes from the qualified electorate.
The fact pattern in this primary contest may admit McDaniel to otain the nomination without yet another election (assuming Cochran "wins" the primary, and drops out). If McDaniel is unopposed (i.e., T. Carey has no intention to run - but note that he'd have been on the runoff ballot if Cochran had dropped out before the runoff), conducting an election with one name on the ballot is pointless.
However, I go back to the risk of a DEM suing on the argument that NOBODY got a majority in the GOP primary, therefore the GOP winner in the general is not entitled to the seat.
If no candidate will enter the second primary with the candidate who received the highest number of votes cast, then the candidate who received the highest number of votes cast in the first primary shall be declared the nominee of his party for such office.
First, since the run-off election has occurred, we would need a ruling that the run-off is nullified and a new one scheduled.
Then, if Cochran chooses to drop out rather than force exposure of proven illegalities that might hurt the future viability of others, then it will be as if he declined the run-off altogether. If that is the case, then the section above entitles McDaniel to be the winner.
It doesn't matter that McDaninel was never a majority vote winner.
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