Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Schwarz taking on Club for Growth, again

Some might call it being a poor sport.
Others call is justice.
U.S Rep. Joe Schwarz filed a complaint on Monday with the Federal Elections Commission alleging election laws were broken by Club for Growth, the special-interest group that poured $1 million into Tim Walberg's Aug. 8 GOP primary victory.
The nine-point document alleges the group broke the law in three other 2006 federal primary campaigns involving Steve Laffey of Rhode Island; Bill Sali of Idaho; and Sharon Angle of Nevada, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported today.
"This is an indication of a pattern of behavior by Club for Growth, which flies in the face of federal election law," Schwarz told the Citizen Patriot.
After the Citizen Patriot apparently broke the story, the Associated Press jumped on it.
Club for Growth executive director David Keating told the AP's Ken Thomas that Schwarz's allegations are "ridiculous" and "a waste of government resources," denying charges that the organization wrongly coordinated with Walberg and others.
Keating called Schwarz a "sore loser."
Club for Growth also created the website, JoeSchwarzIsALiberal.com.

Schwarz, R-Battle Creek, and his campaign manager, Matt Marsden, are no strangers to pursuing potential FEC violations.
Prior to his Aug. 8 defeat to Walberg, R-Tipton, Schwarz and Marsden filed a complaint against Schwarz that alleged Walberg's campaign was using the same consulting firms employed by Club for Growth.
In 2004, Schwarz filed a complaint against then-opponent Brad Smith that also involved Club for Growth.
Almost a year after the his defeat to Schwarz, Smith eventually paid a fine for violating the so-called Millionaires Act of the newest campaign finance reform laws.


Blogger Julie in Boise said...

Thanks for the head's up on your post. This is a big story that isn't going to go away. We'll be following the Michigan angle with interest from Idaho.

It sounds like Michigan is going to lose a oretty good guy in Joe Schwarz. His WaPo op-ed after the election was excellent.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, Please, just go away Schwartz you are an embarrassment. You lost, get over it.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, Schwarz is interested in integrity and, unlike Walberg and his supporters they think breaking the law and doing as they please is alright.

I'll take Schwarz's morals over Walberg's anyday. If Walberg is to have any credibility he (and espcially Club for Growth) needs face the fire. They committed numerous FEC violations.

I applaud Schwarz for keeping the heat on Walberg and holding him accountable. Schwarz is doing the right thing, whether it's popular or not.

It's not about sour grapes as some have claimed, it's about integrity and fair play, something Walberg needs to learn about, apparently the hard way.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just more evidence of how Walberg is morally corrupt. Way to go Joe, don't let Walberg get away with breaking the law!

12:34 PM  

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