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.