Deerfield Beach, FL (PRWEB) June 15, 2012
According to Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times, the House Franking Committee last month cleared Republican Senate candidate Connie Mack, R-FL, over mailers sent to addresses outside of his district. The vendor blamed for the error, William McClintock & Associates, reimbursed the US Treasury $17,991.92.
Committee Chairman Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill. noted, "this is an unfortunate mistake that does occur from time to time and the proper steps to reimburse the cost of the error have since been followed accordingly."
Last month, corruption fighting activist Chaz Stevens filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission suggesting the reimbursement constituted a contribution that exceeded the maximum allowable limits. The FEC refused to investigate the matter, citing regulatory issues.
In a letter to Stevens dated June 4, 2012, FEC Attorney Ruth Heilizer noted, "The 1976 amendments to the Act and Federal Election Commission regulations require that a complaint meet certain specific requirements. The letter did not meet these requirements. Consequently, the Commission can take no action at this time unless the allegations are refiled meeting the requirements for a properly filed complaint."
Stevens has since followed up, mailing a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Stevens, a tech-savvy public records expert and well-known blogger, is the face of the new media and a modern-day gadfly– electronically empowered, fighting the power structure with bits and bytes. His work has lead to the indictment of three elected officials.
Winner of the 2010 New Times Activist of the Year and member of the prestigious Florida First Amendment Foundation Brigade, Stevens has appeared on the Sunday front pages, featured in countless articles, and a guest on both radio and TV.
Chaz Stevens, Activist