Purpose-driven Politics

Bob Barr says Saddleback Church Obama/McCain event is an illegal contribution

Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr’s campaign “will file for a preliminary injunction against Saddleback Church in Federal District Court in California on Friday, Aug. 15,” according to a press release from the Barr campaign.
Here is the rest of Barr’s press release:
The church, pastored by Rick Warren, intends to host a candidate forum with only presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain on Saturday, Aug. 16—an event the Barr campaign alleges runs afoul of campaign contribution laws.
“It is our opinion that the Saddleback Church forum failed to publish any pre-established, objective criteria for inviting candidates to the event,” says Russell Verney, Barr’s campaign manager. “Because of Saddleback’s apparent failure to comply with campaign finance laws, the exclusion of Bob Barr appears to be an illegal, corporate, in-kind contribution to Senators Obama and McCain.”

Federal election laws stipulate that an event such as the one Saddleback Church is hosting must provide pre-established and objective criteria for inviting candidates. A failure to do so can be considered an illegal campaign contribution. [continue]

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