The state GOP has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission trying to force former congressman/Senate candidate Joe Sestak, D-Delaware, into showing his future electoral intentions. Sestak could run for governor, Senate or something else.
From Jan. 1 through March 31, “Friends of Joe Sestak” raised $460,250, according to a quarterly report filed with the FEC. The campaign account, left over from Sestak’s run as Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010, had been called “Sestak for Senate” until March 23.
Spokesman Edwin Wee said that Friends of Joe Sestak is an exploratory committee, designed for testing the political waters, and the FEC does not require a statement of candidacy or financial disclosure for such organizations.
But even if Sestak has made no decision about what office to seek, it is a violation of federal law to “amass a campaign warchest” during the exploratory phase, the GOP complaint says. FEC regulations say that a person is a candidate if he or she raises “funds in excess of what could reasonably be expected to be used for exploratory activities or undertakes activities designed to amass campaign funds that would be spent after he or she becomes a candidate.”