A super PAC affiliated with Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who recently threatened two Supreme Court justices to get them to vote the way he wants them to, just saw a complaint that Iowa Democrat Theresa Greenfield’s senate campaign illegally coordinated with the PAC.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) on Monday filed the complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). It charges that Greenfield’s campaign and the Senate Majority PAC violated election laws when the super PAC produced a pro-Greenfield television ad that mirrored language from a document the campaign posted to its website several weeks earlier. The ad also used video footage that Greenfield’s campaign posted. Those are no-nos.
“Several federal candidates have used their campaign websites to request outside organizations, with which they are prohibited from coordinating, produce and run television advertisements on their behalf,” the complaint declares. “The requests are conveyed in a specific format, i.e., using a campaign webpage entitled ‘Important Update,’ identifying the information with specific ‘code words’ such as ‘Iowa voters need to hear about,’ and linking to a PDF document that is designed to provide the information and citations for the substance of the advertisement, which all appear to be in the same format. The purpose and effect are clear: to give specific instructions, information, and graphic campaign materials to outside organizations to run advertisements beneficial to their campaign.”
“Under federal law, Senate candidates are prohibited from coordinating with Super PACs such as Senate Majority PAC on advertisements,” the complaint reads. “Senate Majority PAC is also prohibited from republishing campaign-materials, including photographs and video from a campaign committee.”
FACT says there is reason to believe the campaign solicited the production of the ad from the PAC, which is an “illegal in-kind contribution in the form of a television advertisement.” The watchdog group calls on the commission to take appropriate investigative and enforcement actions to address the “apparent violations.”
“There is reason to believe Greenfield and Theresa Greenfield for Iowa solicited and accepted an illegal contribution from Senate Majority PAC by coordinating communications valued at over $1 million,” the complaint says. “Facts demonstrating coordination are: Greenfield made the request for the advertisement in a known format designed to convey the request, the request was acted on within a short amount of time, and the advertisement conveyed the requested information and republished the provided campaign materials.”
Greenfield, who is backed by Democratic Party establishment figures, has pledged to clean up corruption in Washington. Just days before Senate Majority PAC announced its ad buy, Greenfield released an anticorruption plan that promised to “truly” end illegal coordination between campaigns and outside groups such as super PACs.
“We need to enact legislation to ensure that these outside groups truly act independently, and not as an arm of any campaign,” the plan states.
The Democratic primary for Iowa’s Senate race will take place on June 2. Greenfield is considered the favorite to win and face Republican Senator Joni Ernst in November’s general election.
Of course, the mainstream media will make light of this because those involved have that magical “D” next to their name. Had it been Republicans involved, it would have made front-page news. Such is the world we now live in.