Breaking News! Key Emmer Delegate Files FEC complaint against AJ Kern

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BREAKING: AJ Kern to Announce Primary Bid Against Rep. Emmer – Cities Endorsement Convention Fouls

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Learn about Emmer supporter who filed frivolous FEC complaint at Alpha News MN…

The Man Behind the Complaints Against Daudt & Emmer Primary Challengers

On Friday, August 5th, The AJ Kern for Congress campaign received notification from the Federal Election Commission that Matt Stevens (Endorsing convention delegate from Senate District 30) filed a complaint against Kern’s grassroots campaign for alleged fundraising irregularities.

Kern said, “I take this allegation seriously and because the primary election is coming up this Tuesday, August 9th, I am releasing this information in an effort to provide full transparency and accountability to the voters of CD-6.”

Matt Stevens is one of the select men identified at the Senate District 30 Convention by Tom Emmer as a “great conservative” chosen specifically by Mr. Emmer to represent him at the CD-6 endorsing convention—a member of Emmer’s slate of delegates.

Inviting precinct delegates to vote for Matt Stevens and other key supporters, Mr. Emmer wrote, “When it comes time to choose delegates for the sixth district convention, the delegates below are great conservative activists and some of my key supporters.” [See Emmer’s SD30 convention slate]

Tom Identified Matt Stevens as a “key supporter” — a trusted political insider.

FEC rules & regulations are intended to protect the public from being misled by unscrupulous political operatives but, as FEC has identified, these rules can also be abused.

Former FEC commissioner Bradley Smith wrote[1]:

“Charges and litigation are used to harass opposing candidates and make political hay with the press …used most effectively by ‘incumbents’.”

Smith also wrote that, “Many, if not most, of these cases end up being dismissed, but not without distracting the campaigns and using up their resources.”

It is the Kern campaign’s opinion that Matt Stevens submitted a complaint with the federal government, not intended to protect the voters of CD-6 but rather to distract the Kern campaign during a critical point just prior to the primary!

The FEC notification was dated July 27th, just 14 days prior to the primary election with a 15 day response deadline—effectively forcing the Kern campaign, composed entirely of grassroots volunteers, to redirect scarce time and resources toward a response to this complaint.

This tactic isn’t new. As discussed by the United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, No 13-1229, cautioning that, “…it is immensely problematic that anyone may lodge a complaint…” when “…there is no promise or requirement that the power to file a complaint will be used prudently.”

“Complaints can be filed at a tactically calculated time so as to divert the attention of an entire campaign from the meritorious task at hand of supporting or defeating a ballot question, possibly diffusing public sentiment and requiring the speaker to defend a claim before the OAH, thus inflicting political damage” [2]

The website Matt Stevens complained about was published in January of 2016, allowing ample time for him or others to alert the Kern campaign of these alleged transgressions. The Kern Campaign has received no other complaints.

AJ Kern pointed out that “Matt Stevens, felt it most expedient to solve this problem by bringing in the heavy hand of the federal government, when one phone call, one Republican to another, would have easily rectified any possible disparities in a matter of minutes.”

Much time, taxpayer money and campaign resources will be wasted resolving Mr. Stevens frivolous allegations–a 15 page complaint.

AJ Kern said “I find it ironic that a key supporter of a so-called small government republican would seek such an extreme big government approach.”

In Kern’s opinion, this was an electioneering tactic to bully her grassroots campaign composed exclusively of hardworking volunteers of whom she is very proud.

Kern said, “This is why ordinary patriots, like myself, are discouraged from throwing our hat in the ring representing ….We the People.”

[1] Bradley A. Smith key note address to the Editorial Board of the Catholic University Law Review,  http://www.fec.gov/members/ former_members/smith/ smithspeech01.html

[2] http://media.ca8.uscourts.gov/ opndir/14/09/131229P.pdf

 PS…

Emmer told us recently that he is running for SEVEN REASONS; his kids.  (emotions)  

AJ Kern is running for one reason!

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Vote your conscience people; Vote AJ Kern for Congress: Tuesday August 9th.

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