Ethics complaint v. GOP chairman Mel Martinez; violations “unprecedented in size and scope..”

A sccfflaw, or a crook, you decide:

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint today against Martinez for Senate, the principal campaign committee of Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), alleging multiple egregious violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and FEC regulations.

The complaint is based primarily upon the Commission’s recent audit on April 17, 2007 of Martinez for Senate, which revealed that the campaign committee failed to comply with the most basic disclosure provisions of FECA and FEC regulations. During the course of the ten-month campaign, Martinez for Senate received no fewer than three written warnings from the Commission.

The FEC’s Audit Division found that Martinez for Senate violated several statues by failing to disclose occupation and/or employer information for an astonishing forty-six percent (46%) of the individuals who contributed to the campaign, and by failing to provide any contributor identification information at all for approximately $320,000 in contributions.

The Audit Division also found that Martinez for Senate accepted $313,325 in excessive contributions. Virtually all of those illegal funds were spent by Martinez for Senate in order to win the 2004 general election when, in fact, they should not have been available for use. Additionally, in the twenty days before the 2004 general election, Martinez for Senate received, but failed to disclose, $140,514 in contributions.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW, said today, “The violations committed by Martinez for Senate are unprecedented in both size and scope.” Sloan continued, “Basically, Mel Martinez broke the law in order to win an election. Now, years later, he is a sitting Senator and the chairman of the Republican National Committee. A failure by the FEC to severely sanction the Martinez for Senate campaign committee will demonstrate that violating the law pays.”

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2 responses to “Ethics complaint v. GOP chairman Mel Martinez; violations “unprecedented in size and scope..”

  1. mecheng5by5

    CREW should remove the log from their collective eye and check out Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee who voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband’s firms.
    This IMO is magnitudes bigger than violating McCain-Feingold and it’s anti-first amendment language.

    CREW also said:
    “Basically, Mel Martinez broke the law in order to win an election”

    Funny, is it also breaking the law to have:
    1. dead people vote for you.
    2. judges/pols void military absentee-ballets.
    3. force (I meant coerce) union members to vote strictly party line.
    4. more people in a town/providence vote for you than the actual population of that town/providence.

    Did anyone know that CREW is also funded by George Soros? The evil dictator-by-proxy.

  2. mecheng5by5

    from The Hill:

    “CREW’s secrecy is hypocritical. Its avowed mission is to promote greater transparency in federal politics. Its website boasts, “Our aim is to encourage officials to be open about their values and to act based upon their honest and best assessment of the public interest.”

    “On March 14, 2006, The Hill newspaper reported that CREW had targeted 14 Republican legislators for lawsuits or ethics complaints, but only one Democrat (Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas). (11)”

    “There is a pattern here. In the overwhelming majority of complaints and critiques detailed in news releases posted on CREW’s website, Republicans or their allies are the targets. One of the few complaints lodged against a Democrat was a joint complaint against Sen. Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).”

    http://thehill.com/editorials/who-is-crew-2005-03-30.html

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