Super PAC that Helped Defeat Krikorian May Have Violated Law

David Krikorian

USA Today published reported on Tuesday that a mystery Super-PAC that funded robocalls in support of Armenian-American Congressional candidate David Krikorian’s opponent, William R. Smith, may have violated election laws.

“Four days before Ohio’s primary election, Democratic voters in the 2nd Congressional District received a blitz of automated telephone calls supporting William R. Smith, a candidate who didn’t campaign, raised no money and gave no media interviews before the election,” begins the story by USA Today’s Gregory Korte and Fredreka Schouten.

Smith won the Democratic primary against Krikorian with 59 votes.

“The ‘Victory Ohio Super PAC’ claimed credit for the ‘robocalls,’ but it is not registered with the Federal Election Commission and hasn’t disclosed any contributions or spending to federal regulators,” USA Today reports.

“Campaign-finance experts say the group probably has violated federal election law. Under federal rules, groups must report last-minute activity to the FEC if they spend more than $1,000 on automated calls, mailings or advertising that directly advocate the election or defeat of a federal candidate. Such spending must be reported within 24 hours,” adds the USA Today.

Read the entire USA Today story.

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7 Comments

  1. JOHN said:

    Mr Smith should forfeit the election and Mr. krikorian can claim victory! should we all start calling election officials in district 2?

  2. Alex Postallian said:

    David K,honorable guy. I moved out of that district,three years ago.Lived there for years,and I am ashamed of the crooked politics,stupidest voters,indifference,back stabbing that went on.First,the dumbest,I mean dumbist jean schmidt,for seven years,tenure,not only dumb but crooked sell-out of the dumb voters.Secoundly a hillbilly runs unknown,and crooked political posturing is involved.It proves the electorate is so stupid,they dont know a good candidatePersonally I would let them wallow in their much deserved sewer.You know David,forget the jerks,or we can reincarnate Al Capone to run.

  3. Norin Radd said:

    This should be followed up carefully by Mr. Krikorian’s campaign and if violations have been made, the whole fiasco should be made public and the law dealt out.

  4. Albert Nercessian said:

    The supreme court was stupid to rule that money equally free speech. That is why politicians can buy elections. We live in a plutocracy not a democracy, a nation ruled by the rich.

  5. Peter Megerdumian said:

    Money DOES NOT EQUAL FREE SPEECH in a true democracy. That was one of the worst rulings of the Supreme court besides the recent Citizens United ruling allowing for Super PACs.

  6. Zohrab said:

    I wonder if AIPAC doesn´t stand behind this dirty trick because they know that the honorable Krikorian won´t be their political “slave”

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