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Green Senatorial Campaign Committee Recognized by FEC

The Green Senatorial Campaign Committee (GSCC) was granted national Senate campaign committee status by the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, February 8, giving the committee the ability to raise and spend money under rules similar to those for the Democrat and Republican House and Senate national campaign committees. The GSCC assists Green Party candidates running for the U.S. Senate.

Federal Election Commission Advisory Opinion 2006-36 represents the first time a political party other than the Democrats or Republicans has been granted a national party campaign committee. Such committees have higher limits on campaign contributions that they can accept and give to candidates.

As its first act after receiving FEC recognition, the GSCC called upon all U.S. Senators to vote against further funding of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, or any resolutions promising such funding, including currently proposed concurrent resolutions promising funding ‘for troops.’

“Dozens of Democrats in the U.S. Senate are preparing to vote for a stay-the-course resolution being marketed as an anti-’surge’ resolution,” said Chris Lugo, Tennessee Green candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006, referring to Senate Concurrent Resolution 7, sponsored by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.).

“The Warner resolution actually promises more funding for the occupation,” noted Mr. Lugo. . .

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14 Responses to “Green Senatorial Campaign Committee Recognized by FEC”

  1. Phil Says:

    Why doesn’t the LP or CP start one of these?

  2. Trent Hill Says:

    I think there are neccesary pre-requisites for it that the CP has not met.
    As for the LP,they have long considered it…

  3. Dennis Says:

    Congrats to the Green Party

    The Progressive Party for the 21st Century

  4. Austin Cassidy Says:

    That’s great… hopefully they’ll make good use of this in 2008.

  5. undercover_anarchist Says:

    waste… of… time…

  6. matt Says:

    This is interesting, and it would be great if the LP (or the CP) did the same during one of the next few cycles.

    The $64,000 question is this:

    Will the Green, if elected, caucus with the Democrats? Of course, they wouldn’t, couldn’t caucus with the GOP, but how will they maintain their criticism of the Dems while caucusing with them?

  7. Phil Says:

    I think that question may be a bit premature matt…

  8. Mike Gillis Says:

    Matt,

    Speaking as a Green myself, the one lone Maine Green state rep John Eder, who lost his bid for re-election last year, didn’t caucus with the Democratic Party. He caucused as a Green and as a consequence of such, he was the Green Minority Leader and had a couple paid staffers and special privileges to push legislation that he wouldn’t have gotten if he’d caucused as a Dem.

    I think all successful third party candidates should caucus with their own party or at least form an independent caucus with any other independnets in office.

    Otherwise, you can very well become “just another Dem/Rep”. Rick Jore’s influence in MT comes only from his unique position at the balance of power.

    It might not always be so for him. If the balance of power shifts into the hands of one major party or another, the GOP will be less tolerant of his presence and it would definitely be smarter to caucus as a Constitutionalist can be that party’s minority leader.

    But I’m glad to see the GSCC be approved and I know several of the people on it and am confident that they’ll do a great job.

    Now, Libertarians and Constitutionalists… please do the same. The more organized we third party types get, the more votes we’ll get…

  9. matt Says:

    of course it’s premature. everything’s premature in an off year. This site tends to thrive on speculation in any case. I certainly enjoy speculating, even on unlikely outcomes.

  10. Trent Hill Says:

    Matt. I enjoyed the speculation, and particularly enjoyed Mike Gillis’ response.

    And he may very well be right. When Jore runs for re-election, he should find out who controls and by how much. If he doesnt hold the balance like he does now (thus gauranteeing an overly-powerful position) then he should probably caucus alone.

  11. Phil Says:

    Well I’d say it’s premature for a lot more reasons than it being an offyear… but speculation is always fun.

  12. Carl Says:

    The LP does have a national campaign committee for House.

    www.lncc.org

  13. Trent Hill Says:

    Carl, I dont think thats an FEC recognized committee.

  14. Carl Says:

    Trent:
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00418103/

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