The Federal Election Commission logo at its headquarters in Washington, DC.

Two recently established political committees appear to violate FEC regulations.
One committee uses a potential candidate’s name without their permission. The other includes antisemitic language in its name.
Despite the violations, it may take regulators days or weeks to address the problems.

On November 12, following a speech from retired lieutenant general H.R. McMaster at the Richmond Forum in Virginia, a man says he found himself so inspired that he formed a political committee to support McMaster for president in 2024. 

His mistake? Naming the PAC “H.R. McMaster for President.” Federal regulations generally prohibit committees from using the name of a prospective candidate in their committee’s name.

Then, two days after the McMaster filing, another man filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form a committee with completely different — and hostile — intentions. The campaign committee is named “Peter Y. Liu for U.S. Senate 2024 Against Jew Supremacy in America.” It appears to violate an FEC policy for using obscene language.

In the meantime, however, anyone perusing the federal government’s latest campaign filings could reasonably conclude that McMaster has launched a run for the presidency — he most certainly has not — or come across official documents strewn with hate speech.

Then-national security advisor H.R. McMaster speaks to the media about President Trump’s meeting with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office on May 15, 2017 in Washington, DC.

They’re the latest examples in a years-long series of shenanigans taking place in one of the federal government’s less-traveled corridors. And it may be weeks before federal officials do anything about it.

FEC spokesperson Christian Hilland told Insider that the man who created the pro-McMaster committee could fix his situation by amending the filing to make it a “draft committee.” This allows someone to use a prospective candidate’s name to essentially encourage them to run for office — and raise money toward that goal.

A notable instance of this type of committee: the “Ready for Hillary” PAC, which promoted a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign before she formally announced her intentions to run for the White House during the 2016 election.

Peter Marcia, the man listed as creating the pro-McMaster committee, could not be reached for comment.

As for Liu’s antisemitic committee name, the FEC has a process for dealing with that — but it’s a protracted one.

FEC commissioners adopted a policy …read more

Source:: Business Insider


A man disparaging Jews and someone pretending to be H.R. McMaster just created federal campaign committees. It may be weeks before regulators do anything about it.

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