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DNC files federal complaint against RFK Jr., alleging illegal campaign coordination with super PAC

Kennedy's campaign has denied the allegations, calling them “a nonissue being raised by a partisan political entity..."

Published: February 10, 2024 11:12am

The Democratic National Committee has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging that independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has illegally coordinated with a Super PAC supporting his bid for the White House. 

The complaint filed on Friday alleges the Super PAC American Values 2024 has been illegally working with Kennedy's campaign in a "ballot access scheme" to get signatures to help him get on the ballot in certain key states. 

Many states, including Arizona, Michigan and Illinois, have rules that only candidates and their campaigns can collect signatures and not PACs backing candidates, according to The Associated Press.

“They simply cannot comply with federal law and state law at the same time,” DNC legal counsel Bob Lenhard told reporters. 

Kennedy's campaign has denied the allegations, calling them “a nonissue being raised by a partisan political entity that seems to be increasingly concerned with its own candidate and viability.” 

American Values 2024 referred to the FEC complaint by the DNC as "political games."

“The DNC wants to deny millions of people their basic constitutional voting rights in a relentless onslaught against democracy,” said Tony Lyons, the PAC's co-founder.  

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