“The rules are clear, Members of Congress can’t accept free legal services, but for years Rep. Schmidt allowed lawyers to work on her behalf without so much as questioning her failure to receive a bill” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan

Four years of waiting for the Federal Elections Commission

On August 31, 2011, David Krikorian wrote to the Federal Elections Commission with a detailed account of elections law violations by Jean Schmidt, her campaign committee and others.  Their letter acknowledging receipt of that Complaint and assigning it Matter Under Review Number 6494 is here.

Some 45 months later, we await some inquiry, some input, some response from the FEC.  To date: aboslutely nothing; stone silence.

Schmidt FEC case one of 21 oldest

The FEC Complaint relating to Jean Schmidt's acceptance of nearly $500,000 to pay her legal fees in her battle with David Krikorian was filed in September of 2011.  The case is still pending, some 41 months later.

Still waiting on the FEC

The fact that it has been quiet and quiet for a very long time on the complaint before the Federal Elections Commission is a good thing.  It's a very good thing.

This is because the Complaintant, David Krikorian, must receive notice from the FEC before the Complaint is dismissed, he has not received any such notice, and the FEC tries to wrap everything up within two years of a complaint being brought (the speed of the federal government). 

Cox News' Middletown Journal has well-written piece on status of everything

It can be tough for a reporter new to the Schmidt v. Krikorian story to understand all the twists and turns in the long and winding tale.

Yet this piece in today's Middletown Journal really captures everything very nicely, and adds the perspectives of a national expert on ethics to the mix.  An especially nice touch was actually calling Ms. Schmidt to ask for her perspective.  After all, we certainly want balance in reporting about these matters.

COAST has a good entry up on Jean Schmidt's termination report

Well, rules are rules, and if you are Jean Schmidt, rules are meant to be completely and blithely ignored.

Thus, as she left Congress under the cloud of an ethical scandal over massive illegal contributions to her from the Turkish Coalition of America, it was curious that she decided again to refuse to come clean with her constituents as required by the law.