Judge Kicks The Can Down The Road

A federal judge ruled today that the DNC acted prematurely in seeking the court's intervention in a regulatory dispute with the Federal Election Commission. The DNC wants the FEC to consider whether John McCain illegally withdrew from the primary matching fund system after reaping some of its benefits. The DNC argued that the FEC wasn't operating; the court said, in essence, that the DNC had to give the FEC 120 days to respond, by statute, before it could take the matter to federal court.

“John McCain still thinks the rules apply to everyone but him. Unless there is a serious and timely investigation underway by the FEC, we will be back in court in the end of June to hold McCain accountable for breaking the law," says Stacie Paxton, the DNC's spokesperson.