1 July 2013
By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News
"On July 1, 2013, Dan LaBotz filed this
new lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission in U.S. District
Court in Washington, D.C. This is the second time LaBotz has sued. He
won the first case, which is LaBotz v FEC, 889 F.Supp.2d 51 (September
5, 2012). In the first decision, the court ordered to FEC to re-examine
his complaint against the Ohio News Organization, which sponsored U.S.
Senate general election debates in 2010 and invited only the Democrat
and Republican, and had no objective criteria explaining how candidates
might qualify for the debates. The Ohio News Organization is a
corporation, and corporations can’t contribute to candidates for federal
office. So by hosting a debate with no objective criteria, the Ohio
News Organization was making a corporate contribution to the two
candidates that were invited, Rob Portman and Lee Fisher...."