Joe The Plumber To Be Slapped With FEC Complaint By Missouri Democratic Party Over Campaign Ad

07/30/2010 12:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Democratic Party of Missouri is planning to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher -- otherwise known as "Joe the Plumber."

At issue is a campaign ad that Wurzelbacher paid for and injected into the state's Republican primary race for U.S. Senate in support of State Sen. Chuck Purgason earlier this week.

The Missouri Democratic Party issued a statement charging:

Joe the Plumber is supporting Republican Tea Party Candidate Chuck Purgason's bid for US Senate, and his advertising campaign has committed numerous violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act including but not limited to (see full complaint attached):

-Using a non-registered committee
-Failure to report expenditures
-Potential illegal in-kind contributions
-Failure to comply with disclaimer requirements

"If Joe The Plumber wants to meddle in Missouri politics, the least he can do is follow the law," said Missouri Democratic Party Communications Director Ryan Hobart. "For someone who claims that he represents the opposite of 'politics as usual', why does Chuck Purgason seem so content with a group from outside Missouri running illegal ads on behalf of his campaign?"

The Missouri Democratic Party is calling on the FEC to investigate the above violations and enjoin Chuck Purgason and "Joe the Plumber" from further violations.

Wurzelbacher signaled to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he filed all necessary paperwork in compliance with FEC guidelines before releasing the ad earlier this week.

The 30-second television spot from Wurzelbacher aims to boost Purgason's campaign against GOP primary opponent U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt. It will reportedly air statewide through early next week.


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