Missouri's Republican Party has filed an FEC complaint against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., for being in "massive non-compliance" with campaign finance disclosure laws. Senator McCaskill's office did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Republican complaint cites McCaskill's failure to record the receipt and expenditure of approximately $277,000 during the 2006 election. The senator also recently amended her 2006 campaign finance reports to acknowledge $245,020 in previously undisclosed unitemized (under $200) campaign contributions during that cycle, which would be 24% of her total unitemized contributions.
The complaint also draws on recent news reports that McCaskill's office billed taxpayers for the use of her private jet when flying to two separate campaign functions in 2007. In 2011, McCaskill paid for those flights out her personal finances, but the Republicans complain that these should be reported as in-kind contributions to her campaign, for which there is a "continuing failure to report."
Although McCaskill has supported many liberal agenda items during her tenure as senator -- including Obamacare and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- she remains one of only two Democrats to swear not to use earmarks. Her aggressive stance on the issue of earmarks and her support for a spending freeze has insulated her somewhat from Republican attacks regarding fiscal policy.
Missouri Republicans seem conscious of McCaskill's stance on fiscal issues throughout this complaint, which notes that she has "consistently run and in part won elections based on her being an auditor, and her self-proclaimed expertise with compliance issues."
After noting that candidate committees in similar cases have gone to enforcement proceedings, the Missouri GOP requests that the FEC "open an investigation into Senator McCaskill's campaign activities . . . impose the necessary civil fines and penalties; and take whatever other action the Commission deems appropriate."