Bloomberg Government: Kill the Zombies? FEC Mulls What to Do About Undead Campaigns
By Ken Doyle
The nonprofit Campaign Legal Center filed a rulemaking petition earlier this year proposing strict limits on what people who are no longer running for office can do with excess campaign cash.
The FEC announced it will begin in July to routinely review campaign committees linked to federal candidates who’ve been out of office for more than one election cycle. If expenditures appear to be for personal use, the FEC said it would follow up with additional questions…
Another nonprofit, the Institute for Free Speech, suggested the FEC use its existing enforcement power to clamp down on questionable spending by dormant campaign committees. “A rulemaking is premature,” said the comment letter from Allen Dickerson, counsel for the Institute.