Democrats sue the FEC over pending Trump 2024 run

On Wednesday, a Democratic group called American Bridge filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Their argument is that the FEC has done nothing to hold former President Donald Trump accountable for teasing a potential 2024 run.

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Floyd accused Trump of beginning his 2024 campaign “illegally,” claiming his repeated teases are giving him a potential advantage over other potential presidential candidates.

“Donald Trump started his 2024 presidential campaign the same way he ended his 2020 campaign – illegally. We intend to hold him accountable,” Floyd claimed in a statement. “There’s no end to his grift. American Bridge is filing suit to prevent him from continuing to flout the law with his current, active presidential campaign.”

Because of repeated mentions of potentially running, American Bridge believes that Trump should be held to the standard of having formally announced his campaign. This would require the former president to release campaign disclosures as well as limit how much money he can receive from individuals ahead of the primary.

Recent comments from Trump indicate that he has “already made that decision” in his “own mind,” and now he is just waiting on the right time to formally launch his campaign.

“Do I go before or after? That will be my big decision,” Trump reportedly said to NY magazine. “I just think that there are certain assets to before. Let people know. I think a lot of people would not even run if I did that because, if you look at the polls, they don’t even register.”

The FEC declined to comment on the lawsuit.

This is not the first time American Bridge has complained about Trump’s activities. In March, they once again contacted the FEC regarding the Save America Fund, which can be used for campaign-related expenses but cannot be used to refund a campaign for money already spent. The Wednesday lawsuit accuses the election watchdog of failing to act on their previous complaint and basically allowing money to raise funds as a candidate without ever having formally announced his candidacy.

While Trump’s spokesperson Taylor Budowich has not yet commented on the most recent lawsuit, he has previously dismissed American Bridge’s March complaint as “frivolous” and having “zero merit.”

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