Governor’s fundraiser illegal, Democrats say

first_img Potter said the invitation’s disclaimer “makes it clear that … the solicitation for funds is coming from the governor and the state party, not from Senator McCain.” “Anyone may file a baseless FEC complaint for political purposes,” Potter added. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The California Democratic Party said Friday it will ask government regulators to investigate Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. John McCain for allegedly violating campaign-finance law. The allegations center around a scheduled March 20 fundraiser in Beverly Hills, in which donors have been asked to contribute up to $100,000 for Schwarzenegger and the state Republican Party. McCain, R-Ariz., is the featured speaker. Katie Levinson, a spokeswoman for the governor’s campaign, called the complaint “nothing more than frivolous nonsense.” Trevor Potter, a former Federal Election Commission chairman who advises McCain, said the senator “is in full compliance with federal law.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant At issue is whether McCain’s appearance runs afoul of restrictions on federal officeholders taking part in events that solicit political funds. Ironically, McCain is being accused of violating a law he helped write. The complaint, to be filed Monday with the FEC in Washington, charges that McCain and Schwarzenegger “are soliciting soft money from prohibited sources and in excess of the federal contribution limits.” The event invitation includes a disclaimer that says Schwarzenegger’s campaign and the state party are raising the money, not McCain, and that the senator “is not soliciting individual funds beyond federal limit, and is not soliciting funds from corporations or labor unions.” But the Democrats allege the wording is misleading, and the sums sought by the governor’s campaign far exceed permissible levels at an event where a federal officeholder is appearing. It accuses the governor of “aiding and abetting Senator McCain in soliciting soft money contributions in violation of federal law.” FEC complaints can take months – and sometimes years – to resolve. It wasn’t immediately clear what, if any, impact it could have on the event. last_img