Ralph Nader wants his matching funds

The following is from the Ralph Nader campaign. From an editorial point-of-view, it is notable that Nader’s campaign went after John McCain, but didn’t bring up Barack Obama’s role in the matter.

The Nader/Gonzalez campaign today called on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the Republican National Committee to move to break the logjam at the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

It takes four FEC commissioners to certify candidates to receive federal matching funds. But the FEC currently has only two commissioners in place. The Republicans and the Democrats can’t get past their differences to allow two more nominees to take their seats at the FEC. As a result the FEC has no quorum.

Sen. McCain wrote last month saying the FEC wanted to turn down matching funds. The FEC said they would not be able to rule on whether Sen. McCain could withdraw unless four commissioners voted on it. Again, there is no quorum.

“There is an obvious solution,” said Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader, “Sen. John McCain, a champion of campaign finance reform, should demand that the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee urge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to lift the blockade and break this log jam in the Congress. Sen. McConnell (R-Ky.) is the problem because he refuses to hold up-or-down votes on each of the four nominees for FEC commissioner. Candidates have been waiting for the Federal Election Commission to respond to their requests for rulings and advisory opinions for months now.

“The only candidate that has the power to begin to turn this around and put the tax-payer funded Federal Election Commission back to work again is Sen. John McCain,” added Mr. Nader. “He has told the American people that he is decisive. That is not what his record of inaction has been during these past several months regarding the lack of quorum at the frozen Federal Election Commission.

“It’s time now to act.”

5 Responses to “Ralph Nader wants his matching funds”

  1. Robert Milnes Says:

    Ralph, look into filing a Writ of Mandamus.

  2. G.E. Says:

    Milnes is receiving full matching funds. The government has agreed to match his $0 with $0.

  3. Robert Milnes Says:

    G.E., right, libertarians got the presidential race in 2008 that they paid for. Ron Paul GOP dead end. Millionaire republican. Pay for your own campaign Phillies. & Jingo & Bob Jackson & Imperato. Most of the rest $0 or near $0. & Johnny come lately Mike & Mary. & Bob in Limbo Barr. Can’t say I didn’t try.

  4. Jonathan Cymberknopf Says:

    As always Nader is always objective and consistent. What a shame that an individual who is truly fair and balanced is not coveted. Too bad people forgot to think for themselves. It is now the media which is controlled by a select few who pull the strings and ‘We the People’ are the puppets.

  5. David Gaines Says:

    {{ From an editorial point-of-view, it is notable that Nader’s campaign went after John McCain, but didn’t bring up Barack Obama’s role in the matter. }}

    Why is it notable, and what role? He didn’t bring him up because Obama obviously has no role to play in convincing Mitch McConnell, a Republican, to do anything. The problem here is the Republican leadership in the Senate, which refuses to allow up-or-down votes on an individual basis on these nominees because they know that one of them (also, by sheer coincidence, a Republican) will be rejected outright.

    There’s nothing nefarious going on here as far as Ralph Nader is concerned. Of the three major presidential candidates to whom he could have addressed this release, John McCain is the only one whose name makes any sense in this context.

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