In what has to be as clear a case as any, the Republican Party of Virginia has asked the Federal Election Commission to review two cases of potential campaign finance violations.
The letter of complaint, which was forwarded to the media, outlines the very specific portions of the Code of Federal Regulations that the Wexton campaign — by raising “dirty” money during a federal election — would indeed be violating.
As noted previously, federal campaign law prohibits a federal candidate from raising third party dollars (in this case, funds for a State Senate warchest) while announced as a federal candidate unless state campaign finance laws meet the high bar provided by the FEC — which Virginia does not.
Furthermore, a candidate may not direct “dirty” money expenditures from third party resources under any circumstances, as it contaminates the “clean” money raised by the federal campaign.
More on this as it develops.