Feds to Sestak PAC: Start Campaigning or Stop Fundraising
Joe Sestak has been ordered by the Federal Election Commission to either officially declare his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016 or to cease raising and spending funds.
In a letter to the Edgmont Democrat dated July 26, the FEC said that Sestak’s committee, called “Friends of Joe Sestak,” has crossed the financial threshold of $5,000 in contributions and expenditures and he will be deemed a candidate unless he disavows the fiscal activities.
The letter gives Sestak 35 days to give a written disavowal of the fund-raising activities or to file a statement of candidacy. According to the FEC’s review and referral procedures, if no response to a disavowal notice is received after 30 days, the subject — in this case Sestak — will be considered a candidate under the federal election laws.
Sestak is running. He just hasn’t formally filed yet.