Paul Ryan’s ‘Problematic’ RNC Spending Spree

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Paul Ryan campaigning in Virginia earlier this month. (Photo: Getty)

A Politicker examination of federal campaign finance disclosure reports submitted by Paul Ryan’s congressional campaign has uncovered indications Mr. Ryan may have improperly used funds raised for his re-election effort in Wisconsin for presidential campaign activities at the Republican National Convention in August. Mr. Ryan is simultaneously running for re-election in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District and on the GOP presidential ticket with Mitt Romney. At the RNC in Tampa, Mr. Ryan’s House campaign spent about $60,000. However, these convention expenses seem to go far beyond the scope of the activities and staff he had at the RNC for his bid to reclaim his House seat.

One prominent election law expert told us this is a “highly problematic” potential violation of Federal Election Commission regulations regarding candidates running for multiple federal offices. A spokesperson for Mr. Ryan’s opponent in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District described it as a possibly “troubling” element of “Paul Ryan’s overarching pattern of dishonesty in this race.” When we reached out to Mr. Ryan’s congressional campaign manager, we received a shifting series of explanations including at least one statement that was clearly untrue. Continue reading “Paul Ryan’s ‘Problematic’ RNC Spending Spree”

Trump (Almost) Becomes a Candidate

1  Trump (Almost) Becomes a CandidateAndrea Peyser rides in Trump’s limo in New Hampshire, and captures the three-time presidential almost-candidate talking like a candidate.

“Mr. Trump! We have a 21st birthday here!” someone shouted.

“Oh, a voter!” he said, evidently unaware that the voting age is 18. “Vote for Trump!”

Uttering the phrase “Vote for Trump” comes up to — and almost crosses  – the line of what federal officials say could make him an officially declared candidate, something the reality television star who has shied away from disclosing detailed info about himself and his company has long avoided.

The guidelines, from the Federal Election Commission:

Examples of activities that indicate that an individual has decided to become a candidate include, but are not limited to:

(3) The individual makes or authorizes written or oral statements that refer to him or her as a candidate for a particular office.

Trump adviser, Michael Cohen, also hugged the line of official candidatehood, with his recent trip to Iowa, which Texas Rep. Ron Paul said violated FEC rules.