June 28, 2005

Evans campaign hit with $185,000 fine

Just reported on WQAD and KWQC...
The Lane Evans campaign has agreed to a $185,000 fine for violations in the 1994 and 2000 campaigns.
The Rock Island County Republican Party plans a press conference on the matter tomorrow.

More details to come as they become available...

** UPDATE **
WASHINGTON Representative Lane Evans' campaign committee has agreed to pay 185-thousand dollars to settle accusations that it illegally used another committee to help fund campaigns.

Illinois' Rock Island Democratic Central Committee will also pay 30-thousand dollars in civil penalties.

None of the defendants admitted any wrongdoing in the settlement signed Monday by a federal judge.

The Rock Island County Republican Party filed the original complaint with the Federal Election Committee in 2000. The F.E.C. then filed a lawsuit last year in U.S. District Court in Rock Island.

The F.E.C. alleges the Friends of Lane Evans Committee set up the 17th District Victory Fund as a separate entity before the 1998 election. It alleges the group's money was used to benefit the campaign, which was restricted by statutory limits on campaign contributions.

19 Comments:

At 6/29/2005 12:05 AM, Blogger politicalwind said...

I can see why campaigns get into trouble with the government regulators. You've heard conservatives talk about too many government regulations and too much red tape, well you should take a look into campaign finance rules & regulations. It's a spiderweb of regulations. Looks like the Evans' campaign walked into a spiderweb.

But Republicans, the party of Tom DeLay, should be the last group holding a press conference about this topic.

This issues has been dragged through the mud since 1996. It's time to close the book on this issue. And let's all agree that campaign regulations are far too cumbersome. I know conservatives will agree with that!

 
At 6/29/2005 12:15 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Not his fault, rules too complicated

 
At 6/29/2005 12:19 AM, Blogger politicalwind said...

Dave, I think you're right on target. The federal government had better start cutting back on its regulations before it puts everyone out of business!

 
At 6/29/2005 12:37 AM, Blogger Dave said...

I'm kidding. He cheated, he's been in congress for 18 years now. He knows the rules. He hires people just to know the rules. Get real. If regulations would put Evans out on his ass, then I'm all for them. We sure can't do it in Adams County. His district is the most ridiculouly drawn district inthe state. Hell, Zinga won down here. He's a shill for the corrupt unions,........and I don't really care much for the guy.

 
At 6/29/2005 12:48 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

No shit Dave? You don't care for Evans? Knock me down with a feather!! ;-)

 
At 6/29/2005 9:24 AM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

The key to the agreement, according to today's DISPATCH, is that the Evans Campaign and the Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee were able to reach an agreement without having to admit any fault in this.

I agree that this was a local GOP witchhunt and nothing more.

 
At 6/29/2005 9:51 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Dave since you dont know much about unions : Yeah, the leadership in unions has probably become too laid back in representing its members. The people at the top are making way more money than the poor slob working in a factory or puddling concrete.
But over all the unions have spread the wealth across this country and improved the standard of living for even non-union workers like yourself.
Now John Ganulis if you have him over to your house I would count the silverware before he left!

 
At 6/29/2005 11:32 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Private sector union membership has decrease dramatically over the last few decades. Public sector unions have grown. Public sector unions should be illegal. Unions breed mediocratey (sp).
Case in point, public schools.

 
At 6/29/2005 11:45 AM, Blogger hud50 said...

I've been meaning to ask you guys this for a while now.. especially diehard and maybe headusher..
what do you all think about the new Change to Win coalition? For anyone who doesn't know, the teamsters, SEIU, the Food and Commercial Workers and some others split from Sweeny's AFL-CIO. What implications do you think this will have?

 
At 6/29/2005 11:53 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Unions be bad. Look at GM reduced to junk on the market, 60% of the cost of the auto goes to pensions and health care. They are their own worst enemy and do nothing to inspire achievement.

 
At 6/29/2005 11:54 AM, Blogger diehard said...

at least the Seiu is out orginizing.
I feel the upper crust of the union movement should get a paycut when union membership is down.
many don't do their job.
it's kind of like a proffesional athlete if your making a kazillion dollars a year why do you give a shit about the game you play or the fans who support you?
And Dave something else the unions breed; pensions,health care benis, higher wages and a better standard og living for everyone.
If you want to live like Mexico go live there! that is pure capitalism. were the employer is the master and the emploees slaves!

 
At 6/29/2005 11:54 AM, Blogger diehard said...

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At 6/29/2005 12:53 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Unions have outlived their purpose. Check all the protections built into the law now.
Survive on your own credentials.

 
At 6/29/2005 1:29 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dave, you must get all misty and nostalgic for those good old days of 18 hour days, workers living in employer owned housing and buying food from company owned stores to the point where at the end of their brutally long week of work, they'd owe all their meager paycheck to the company, and sometimes owe money.

Yeah, we're on the right track to go back to the days of the robber barons.

If there were any justice, you'd find yourself being treated like a rented mule by your employer. Let's see how a rugged indiviualist like yourself would change things on your own.

Unions were and are a vital and progressive force in our society.

It makes me sick to see how many people are ignorant of it's history and the struggles that were fought and the lives laid down in the cause.

Now the historically ignorant have bought into the Reagan era bullshit that unions are bad, and are effectively helping corporations continue to be able to treat employees like meat with no regard for their health or fairness.

Amen Dave, let's go back to the mid-1800s again. We're already on our way.

 
At 6/29/2005 1:36 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Political Wind... you sound like a perfect DLC Democrat...

Let's help Bush and corporations get rid of all those icky regs that make them keep their products half-way pure and safe to eat, at least cut down on the tons of toxic polutants spewed into our air and water, force car makers to produce cars with safety in mind, etc.

Hell, in that world, Dan Akroyd's character on SNL who was hawking his product "Bag-0-Glass", a bag of broken glass, as a fun product for children would have no worries.

Trust me, the Republicans have slashed and eliminated enough protective regulations without Dem help.

 
At 6/29/2005 1:40 PM, Blogger Dave said...

I'm saying they served their purpose. Worker's rights are now written into law. Look at absurdity of your comments. The market place will take care of itself. We could go a long way towards fixing the education problems in this country if we could fire the bad teachers.

Reagan fired the air traffic controllers because their stike was illegal. Policemen can't strike either. Why do you think it is that union membership in the private sector has decreased. NOt just during Bush-Reagan-Bush, but during Clinton too. They've done their good and they will now disappear

 
At 6/29/2005 3:00 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dave, you're ignorance astounds me.

You truly don't have a very good idea of what is happening around you. I guess you can be forgiven, as if you rely on talk radio and major media, you wouldn't realize it.
But the oligarchy in this country, the corporate elite, are grabbing with both hands and using their obedient little servents, the Republicans, to eliminate worker protection laws, and labor laws across the board. Where have you been?
Pensions are looted or simply vanish, health benefits are practically non-existent or so expensive that it becomes a major financial burden for workers, and one unfortunate health problem and they're in serious trouble.

They're gutting workplace safety regulations, and on and on.

What planet are you on?

Oh, I forgot... if it's not happening under YOUR particular nose, you don't want to know and you don't care.

Boy, that sure must be easy. No thought or investigation required.

 
At 6/29/2005 3:53 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dave must be from Adams County. That explains alot -- Dope, he's hopelessly ingorant.

I for one will not waste anymore time trying to "educate" him. He must be one of those kids who had to be sent for tutoring to learn his three Rs.

Trust me, his cause is lost folks.

 
At 6/29/2005 7:49 PM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

so goodnight lane. your done.

 

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