Bush Campaigns Owes the U.S. $40 Mil?
As the Washington Post reported today (March 23 - 07) the Democratic members of the Federal Election Commission say the Bushies cheated us taxpayers on how they accounted for their expenditure of public money. The Republican members of the commission say "did not." An excerpt:
"We had a disagreement on this audit, and it was a doozy," said one of the Democrats, Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub.
The dispute centered on the use of what the commissioners called "hybrid" ads, which were intended to promote both the president and Republican members of Congress. The Bush campaign argued that it should not bear the full cost of these ads, so it split the tab with the Republican Party.
As a result, only half of the cost would count toward spending limits imposed on the campaign when it agreed to take public funds. Weintraub said the spending limit is an essential part of the agreement candidates make to accept public financing. "Bush-Cheney 2004 took the $74 million, and then they broke the bargain," she said.
Commissioner Hans A. von Spakovsky, a Republican, strongly disagreed. "There was no broken bargain," he said. "There was no violation of the law."
Basically: "DID!" "DID NOT!"
What I want to read next is "Who's right?" and "What next?" And what exactly is meant by the Bush campaign "split the tab with the Republican Party."?? What exactly happened to the money? FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP, Siss Boom Bah.
Read the whole story at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/22/AR2007032201861.html