A new video that I hope summarizes (very briefly) the importance of Joe Lieberman giving away $387,000 in cold hard cash during the week leading up to the primary.
Matt Browner-Hamlin has more (emphasis added):
I think part of the problem with the petty cash story is that we may well actually have all the answers that exist. There was $387,000 of non-itemized, non-recorded expenditures from the Lieberman petty cash accounts. If there’s not documentation (violating two parts of the relevant law), then the Lieberman campaign will never be able to produce the records needed to say where the money went. In that case the allegations are non-falsifiable. But that’s not a knock on the story or the potential for reporting – that is the story.
It would be great if it was possible to turn up people who took $150 in cash in the days before the primary to work for Joe – clearly they’re out there. Likewise getting some of the field consultants to go on the record on how they disbursed petty cash would provide a lot of answers. But I don’t think the story hinges on these sources, as they would really only provide details on one out of three of the Lamont campaign’s alleged violations.
If there’s going to be any movement on Lieberman petty cash scandal, I believe it will have to come from the business end of an FEC Matter Under Review notification sent to Lieberman’s campaign (respondent) and Tom Swan, complainant in this matter. It seems evident that the Lieberman campaign broke the law in two distinct ways that we already now about (leaving aside a possible third), we just need FEC confirmation to keep the story alive.
The FEC is required to let the Lamont campaign know if their complaint meets the required criteria for an investigation by their general counsel within five days of it’s submission. The complaint was submitted on October 23rd, so the FEC is required to let Tom Swan know if the case will move forward by October 28th.
The 28th is tomorrow, a Saturday. We’ll either hear today, tomorrow (unlikely), or I predict it will be pushed back until Monday under some technical stipulation that if the notification date falls on a Saturday then–blah blah blah–next business day.