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Republican Presidential Candidate Larry Elder announced Wednesday that he is intending on suing the RNC and will file a FEC complaint for violation of debate rules and illegal campaign contributions.
“If the RNC does not reverse their decision by 2pm CT and acknowledge that I met all criteria for entry into the presidential debate, I intend to file an FEC complaint for violation of debate rules and illegal campaign contributions”, Elder tweeted on Wednesday.
“FEC rules governing debates are clear that rules must be clearly stated to all candidates in advance and equally applied.”
“The FEC could deem the RNC’s and FOX News’ free national TV airtime and free promotional activities to SELECT candidates as “ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION TO CANDIDATES” — with the premise being that, free national TV airtime comes with an extraordinary real-dollar value to candidates who are arbitrarily allowed onto the stage under a certain set of rules — while other candidates are arbitrarily kept off the stage through a different set of rules. Fines for this violation could total hundreds of millions of dollars” the tweet reads.
According to Larry Elder “the fines could result in up to $100 million from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for the RNC and possibly Fox News”.
The complaint states that “debate guidelines must be clearly stated to all candidates in advance, equally applied to all candidates, and that promotional services not be provided to one candidate over another”.
Elder claims that despite meeting the RNC’s qualifications to attend the debate, he was excluded anyways.