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.
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.
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).
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.
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.