By Javier ManjarresUh-Oh! Someone in Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s campaign is not going to have a good day after this story gets out. During a recent candidate forum in Hollywood, Florida, one of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’ campaign staffers was distributing a piece of campaign literature that clearly violates Federal Election Commission (FEC) law.
In what looks like an innocent, but amateurish oversight by the person responsible for this political advertisement, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Congress campaign may have a lot of explaining to do if the FEC comes knocking on their door.
FEC law states that all “public communication” minus a few exceptions, must include a disclaimer of who sponsored the communication.
We spoke to one of the FEC’s staff attorneys to clarify any doubts about the ‘few exceptions’ and Wasserman Schultz’s campaign literature was not included- she is in clear violation of FEC law.
Here is what the FEC posts on their website about disclaimers-
Political CommitteesPolitical committees must include a disclaimer on (1) all “public communications” (defined below), (2) bulk electronic email (defined as electronic mail with more than 500 substantially similar communications) and (3) web sites available to the general public, regardless of whether the communication expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, or solicits funds in connection with a federal election (i.e., contributions for a federal candidate or federal political committee). 2
- Any other general public political advertising. General public political advertising does not include Internet ads, except for communications placed for a fee on another person’s web site (Source–FEC)
And here is the Wasserman Schultz campaign piece of literature in question. As you will see, there is not a disclaimer on either side.
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