As expected, the State Board of Elections heard the complaint about Republican AG candidate Bob McDonnell’s violation of campaign finance laws. As expected, the SBE could do nothing, because they don’t have any enforcement mechanisms.
However, the SBE apparently feels that the matter merits action — they referred the matter to the Richmond commonwealth’s attorney office (as expected) for investigation. The best comment on this comes from the DPVA’s attorney, Jay Myerson, who told the SBE:
They have not yet filed their reports for 2004. Our voters here in the commonwealth of Virginia are going to the polls in eight days where over $2 million has been given in this commonwealth to influence this election, and our voters have no clue as to who provided the money. We have a statute that relies on disclosure. It is essential that our voters get that information prior to the election.
Won’t we just be a hell of a state if McDonnell gets elected, these filings come out, and then it becomes clear that our very own attorney general is a part of the DeLay/Abramoff money-laundering scheme? That would be as bad as, say, the White House engaging in a two-year coverup in order to get the president reelected by the skin of his teeth before investigators have enough information to indict anybody.
From the humor files, Republicans have filed a complaint of their own. The Republican Governors Association says that Lt. Governor Tim Kaine has violated disclosure regulations with his Club for Growth mailer. How? Well, the mailer included a picture of an elephant. But the mailer did have the legally-required “paid for” disclaimer, right? Well…yeah… But the elephant! The elephant means not Democrats and the law says no elephants if not Democrats, because only Republicans elephants. Rhinos and hippos, yes, elephants no! Or something.