Nominated FEC Commissioner Sued Over FEC Settlement
It may come as a shock that Donald McGahn, Tom DeLay’s former ethics lawyer, and now one of the five nominated FEC commissioners before the Senate, has made some enemies. But that’s reportedly the case.
Non-partisan watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington flags a BNA story that says McGahn is being sued by Colin Teltschik, the former treasurer of DeLay’s political action committee, Americans for a Republican Majority (affectionately known as ARMPAC). Teltschik said that when McGahn was an attorney for ARMPAC McGahn made an out-of-court settlement with the Federal Election Commission over allegations that ARMPAC violated campaign finance law. In the settlement, which would shut down the political action committee, ARMPAC’s attorneys pointed the finger at Teltschik for violating campaign finance laws.
Teltschik alleges that he was never made aware that ARMPAC was going to settle and says he learned of the settlement when his wife read about it on the internet.
McGahn’s own lawyer says his client’s name is being included in the lawsuit only due to his position as a nominated FEC commissioner. That may be the case. Regardless, holier-than-thou watchdog groups will likely stay upset with the President for nominating an FEC commissioner linked with a PAC that violated FEC law. Get over it.