Ditch your name — or else, federal election regulators are telling an upstart super PAC that’s urging Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to seek the presidency.
If not — and Ready for Warren PAC isn’t — “you must amend your statement of organization to change the name of your political committee so that it does not include the candidate’s name and/or provide further clarification regarding the nature of your committee,” FEC campaign finance analyst Romy Adame-Wilson told the super PAC.
Failure to comply with the law may “result in an enforcement action against the committee” or an audit, the FEC wrote in its letter.
The Ready for Warren PAC officially formed Aug. 7. Erica Sagrans, Ready for Warren PAC’s treasurer, confirmed that “the goal of our campaign is to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016.”
Sagrans noted that candidate draft committees aren’t subject to federal political committee naming rules and, by law, may use a federal candidate’s name as part of its own.
Federal rules also note, however, that draft committees may use a candidate’s name “provided the committee’s name clearly indicates that it is a draft committee.”
Sagrans declined to comment on whether she believes the name “Ready for Warren PAC” adequately indicates it’s a draft committee.
The FEC asking Ready for Warren PAC to change its name is only the latest in a string of similar demands.
PACs ostensibly incorporating the names of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rank among the FEC’s other recent targets.
But Ready for Hillary, a nearly two-year-old hybrid PAC that’s raised millions of dollars to urge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president, doesn’t violate federal political committee naming rules because Clinton isn’t yet an active federal candidate.
The FEC gives Ready for Warren PAC until Oct. 14 to respond to its letter.
Since the super PAC is so new, it has yet to reveal who has donated to the committee, or how the committee has spent any money it’s raised. It will be required to file such a disclosure next month.
Warren won her U.S. Senate office in 2012, defeating then-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who’s now attempting to win a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire.
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