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Document: “Grassroots” Committee to Draft David Walker for President intends to take Big Money

The Committee to Get Walker Running — a draft committee trying to get David Walker on the presidential ballot through Americans Elect — calls itself a “grassroots and youth-driven initiative” in public:

The Committee to Get Walker Running is a non-partisan, grassroots and youth-driven initiative to get our country...

In private, the committee informed the Federal Election Commission on April 24 that “This committee intends to make unlimited independent expenditures, and consistent with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision in SpeechNow V. FEC, it therefore intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts”:

Declaration by the Draft David Walker committee that it intends to get big money donations in unlimited amounts.  Not very grassroots.

Obtaining operating funds from big-money donors is not grassroots.

The official FEC designation of the Draft Walker Committee is C00519702. You can periodically check for FEC reports on contributions and expenditures here. But don’t hold your breath; by registering in April, the Draft Walker Committee has ensured that its first quarterly report of big money contributions won’t appear before the public until July, long after the Americans Elect nomination has been settled when the question of that big money will be moot.

8 thoughts on “Document: “Grassroots” Committee to Draft David Walker for President intends to take Big Money”

  1. John Lumea says:

    Hmmm, wonder whose idea that late registration was.

    Also wonder if this is what David Walker and Neil Cavuto were talking about the other day and / or if they had a specific contributor(s) in mind.

    And: If you were registered as a Political Action Committee with the FEC, isn’t that a little detail you might consider mentioning on your Web site and Facebook page?

    Speaking of which…

    Why is Draft Walker registered as a PAC under the (5f) definition

    This committee supports / opposes more than one Federal candidate, and is NOT a separate segregated fund or party committee, (i.e., nonconnected committee)

    rather than as a Candidate Committee under the (5c) definition

    This committee supports / opposes only one candidate, and is NOT an authorized committee.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Well, yes, there is that, John. I’d noticed that detail too, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. Clearly, the Committee to Get Walker Running only supports one very particular candidate, at least in public.

      1. benjamin barber says:

        I think that they are using the “colbert method” of forming a SUPER PAAAAC, which is separate from a normal pac in regulations, but only as long as you add that specific legalese.

  2. benjamin barber says:

    I don’t know about other places, but here you actually have to register as a PAC, if you spend more than 750. This is regardless if your only supporting yourself or not, so perhaps this is to bring it into harmony with existing state laws.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Whether they have to register as a PAC or not, they don’t have to tell the FEC that they’re taking contributions of unlimited size. That was the DW committee’s active choice, made at the very same time they were telling the public how “grassroots” they were.”

  3. Tom says:

    Is this the same Walker from Wisconsin who is on a personal vendetta to kill unions and jobs in his state? So he’s “freed up” to run for President now, like Santorum after FINALLY getting kicked out of our state and laying low for a coupla years decided to run? It will go about as far.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      No, that’s Scott Walker. This is David Walker, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation to privatize social security and cut medicare.

  4. Ralph says:

    The David Walker campaign is a really striking example of just how disparate political exposure and actual popularity can be.

    I’m struck in particular by just how ineffective these “campus leaders” have been. I mean, don’t they have any friends? They can’t seem to get ANYONE to join them. Jeez, back in the days before cell phones and social networking a few friends and I could get hundreds of people out for political rallies. We did it by talking to people we already knew, and friends of friends…you know, “social networking.”

    If college kids across the nation are just chomping at the bit for a centrist, why can’t the campaign for David Walker recruit up into the double digits? Either they have no friends at all (which makes them pretty bad choices for “campus leaders”), or they’re not even really trying to reach out to college student (which would mean this “grassroots college student” business is a front for something else).

    Either way, wow. Pretty amazing fail, David Walker.

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