Pro-Hillary PAC Accused of Illegal Activity in FEC Lawsuit Attorney: ‘They broke the law, and they broke the law in a very big way’


Ready for Hillary button / AP

Ready for Hillary button / AP

 

An anti-Hillary Clinton PAC filed a lawsuit on Thursday to compel the Federal Election Commission to determine whether the pro-Clinton Super PAC Ready for Hillary is violating campaign finance laws.

The Stop Hillary PAC originally filed a complaint with the FEC in January, claiming that Ready for Hillary may be illegally conducting authorized campaign activity on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

According to the complaint, Ready for Hillary used an email list owned by Hillary Clinton’s Senate committee to send out fundraising letters. Ready for Hillary also allegedly sent out the solicitations using the email address [email protected]—a website that the complaint says is owned by Clinton’s authorized committee.



The Ready for Hillary email stated “now is the time to get our support for Hillary organized and ready for 2016,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said the fundraising email would have been “‘deployed’ by Hillary Clinton or a vendor employed by the authorized committee to do so” and would “require approval by the list owner, in this case Hillary Clinton, of the specific content being deployed.”



Dan Backer, an attorney for Stop Hillary PAC, said the email was “an act of authorization. Hillary Clinton and/or her agents authorized a communication that calls for the nomination, election of a federal candidate, namely herself.”

He said that because the fundraising email explicitly mentioned support for Hillary Clinton in a federal election, this constituted authorized campaign activity.

“They screwed up,” said Backer. “They didn’t pay attention to the law. They broke the law, and they broke the law in a very big way.”

 

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