Thursday, September 06, 2007

Club For Growth Is Just Fine(d)

Citizens Club for Growth, a so-called “527” political organization affiliated with the conservative anti-tax group “Club for Growth,” has agreed to pay a $350,000 civil penalty to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the Federal Election Commission.

The lawsuit arose after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed a complaint with the FEC in 2003 alleging that the group was violating federal election laws. After an investigation, the FEC concluded that the 527 was required to register as a political action committee because it was accepting contributions and engaging in activities intended to influence the outcome of federal elections.

This is a record fine, but I am yawning. For large groups who are trying to influence the process, the FEC in effect is saying that it will take four years for us to do anything, if that about your illegality, and we will fine you a pittance of your annual budget.

The FEC is a joke. A complaint made in 2003 about actions during the 2002 cycle needs to be adjudicated before the 2004 cycle. This method in place now is just a cost of doing dirty business.