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Letter: Bill Connor’s Illegal Signs

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Dear Editor,

It has come to our attention that U.S. Senate candidate Bill Connor is committing a massive campaign finance violation. Connor is using signs from his 2010 S.C. Lieutenant Governor campaign and painting over them. (See attached photos).

This is illegal for two reason:

1. There is no proper disclaimer. Federal candidates must have a clear disclaimer saying, for example, “Paid for by Bill Connor for U.S. Senate” surrounded by a box.

2. More egregiously, these signs constitute an illegal transfer of assets between a state and federal campaign. State campaigns have far different rules for donors that pay for such signs (in particular, allowing corporate money). Corporate money is banned in federal elections.

Federal law also prohibits federal candidates from transferring funds or assets to their federal campaigns from their non-federal campaign committees. See 11 C.F.R. § 110.3(d).

Federal law prohibits federal candidates from transferring or spending non-federal funds in connection with federal elections. See 2 U.S.C. § 441i(e).

A contribution includes anything of value, including in-kind contributions. See 2 U.S.C. § 431(8)(A)(i); 11 C.F.R. § 100.52(d).

A U.S. Senate candidate, his campaign and their agents may not accept corporate contributions. See 2 U.S.C. §§ 441b(a), 441i(e)(1)A). Corporations are prohibited from making expenditures in connection with federal elections. 2 U.S.C. § 441b(a).

We can promise someone will immediately file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.

Signed,

John Q. Public

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