“John McCain is a campaign finance criminal who is flouting the very regulations he championed.” Sign the McCain FEC complaint.

As Jane Hamsher so aptly notes in the video below, John McCain is a “campaign finance criminal.” We’ve written about this issue repeatedly here, here and here at AMERICAblog. The Washington Post reported on the potential for criminal behavior by McCain:

Knowingly violating the spending limit is a criminal offense that could put McCain at risk of stiff fines and up to five years in prison.

Now, based on McCain’s latest campaign finance report, we know the GOP nominee has violated the spending limit. So, it’s time to take it to the next level. Yesterday, Jane delivered a complaint about McCain’s criminality to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) — and gives the background:

Christy Hardin Smith explains the effort to hold McCain accountable:

We decided that McCain shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this without questions — lots and lots of questions — being asked. The hypocrisy of the so-called “maverick” violating a law which he championed because it suits his purposes this time around is horrifying. Even worse is the relative silence of the press on this, given the rank hypocrisy of violations of McCain’s “signature” issue and all. Does it get to be your signature issue if you are blatantly violating it in an in-your-face maneuver after being warned not to by the head of the FEC? I think not.

If the press isn’t going to ask the necessary questions, then we have to do it ourselves. You can join in, too — sign your name to the complaint here. At that link, you’ll find a copy of the FEC filing and a list of signatories thus far. And help us get the word out on the need for McCain to be held accountable for any violations of the law that has his own name on it….and any other laws of which he may be in violation.

For shame…

For shame indeed.

Sign the complaint here.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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