Target: Lee Goodman, Federal Election Commission Chairman
Goal: Bring charges against political action commitee that violated campaign finance laws
A political action committee (PAC) called Crossroads GPS, which was created by Republican strategist Karl Rove, has been found by Federal Election Commission lawyers to have broken federal election laws during the 2010 mid-term elections. Crossroads GPS spent more than the maximum allowable amount of money on political ads during the election. Although there is no dispute about whether the crime occurred, so far it looks highly unlikely that any action will be taken, because the FEC’s politically divided commissioners can’t agree to press charges.
Our campaign finance laws are already so watered down it’s hard to believe anyone could still actually break one of them, but somehow Karl Rove managed to do so. Mr. Rove and Crossroads GPS are safe for now due to partisan gridlock, and that is unacceptable. American citizens go to prison every day for doing things that don’t affect anyone else at all, and yet someone who manipulates the entire democratic process can walk away without a thought. Crossroads GPS must be held accountable.
It is perfectly clear that people with power and money don’t face the same legal system as those without; the same trend can be seen with many other political figures and financial criminals. The FEC has the power to at least push back in the right direction by bringing charges against Crossroads GPS, which would also set a precedent for cases like this in the future. Our political process is completely overrun with money, and that is a dangerous way to handle a democracy. Sign the petition to demand that the FEC bring charges against Crossroads GPS.
Dear Mr. Goodman,
Your own lawyers have concluded that the political action committee (PAC) called Crossroads GPS violated campaign finance laws in the 2010 elections by overspending on advertising. So far the FEC has taken no action against this PAC, which flagrantly broke one of the few laws it was supposed to abide by; to let that go unaccounted for sets a very bad precedent.
There are already so few legal restrictions on PACs and campaign finance in general that it seems bizarre anyone would find a reason to actually break one of those laws. The point is that by letting Crossroads GPS get away with this crime you will be sending a message that the law does not apply to any PAC, and that PACs can do as they wish without fear of consequences. Please find a way past the partisan disagreements that are preventing legal action, and bring Crossroads GPS to court.
[Your Name Here]
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