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Cheaters Never Prosper…As Long As You Expose Them

Fred Thompson seen here being carted around the Iowa State Fair in a golf cart.  It looks like grandpa’s day out from his assisted living facility, doesn’t it?  But it’s not “campaigning,” nope, nuh uh… 

If you have some time this morning, call the FEC at (800) 424-9530 or in Washington (202) 694-1100. Ask them why Fred Thompson has been getting a pass to cheat on election laws. What is the cheat, you ask? This:

If Thompson waits until September 6 to formally declare his candidacy, he wouldn’t have to disclose any of the cash given to his campaign until January 31 — after many major contests are over, including the Iowa and Nevada Caucuses, and the New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Florida primaries.

And you thought he was just being coy. Cheaters only prosper when you let them get away with it.  More sunshine please:  law and order, my ass.

 Jane has more.  As does the WaPo.  And The Hill.

UPDATE:  Looseheadprop has an update on the election law dodge:

If he waits until Sept. 6th he will (as the nice lady at the FEC explained to Carmen) have to file the October 15th Quarterly report and will have to report all funds raised during that quarter [only].

Waiting shields the funds he raised BEFORE the quarter began. Those will not be disclosed until the end of year report which is due in January.

Just to be absolutely clear on what is and is not being shielded from reportage.  But, as Scarecrow pointed out below, what was the nice lady at the FEC doing giving Carmen an investigatory conclusion on a matter which has just been opened with a complaint filed at the FEC?  Curiouser and curiouser…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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