Here is the fourth in a series of emails sent to at least Republican Precinct Committeemen by an unknown group calling itself the McHenry Judicial Ethics PAC.
Because it has not spent or raised $5,000, the Political Action Committee does not have file its officers with the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The next page contains the following:
FCC V. Campaign Finance
If an individual consistently has trouble following the law, should that individual be a judge?
McHenry County voters will certainly decide with Mary McClellan.
It appears that she has a litany of issues that could be problematic for a potential judge.
One of those issues is a clear campaign finance violation.
State campaign finance law states that for any donation or loan of more than $1,000, the campaign is required to file a form called an “A-1” within 5 business days.
Section 100.70 of The State Disclosure of Campaign Contributions and Expenditures and Rules and Regulations clearly states,
“Every active political committee must file Schedule A-1 reports, as required by Code Section 9-10(c) when a contribution of $1,000 or more from a single source is received.”
What makes this extra egregious is the fact that she serves as her own Treasurer, so it is Mary McClellan who is actively violating campaign finance laws.
(Though, it is interesting to note that she amended her Statement of Organization two days ago to remove herself as Treasurer, after this blog exposed the fact that her doing so was a clear ethics violation based on the Code of Judicial Conduct.)
As usual, with McClellan, it gets better!
McClellan’s campaign has a habit of texting individuals without their prior consent, which is a major violation of FCC rules.
The FCC released an enforcement advisory:
“The FCC has stated that the restrictions on making autodialed calls to cell phones encompass both voice calls and texts. Accordingly, text messages sent to cell phones using any automatic telephone dialing system are subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”).
Long story short, an individual must give prior consent to receive text messages from McClellan’s campaign.
The individual who received the following text messages gave no such consent:
It appears that McClellan’s campaign has such a habit of violating these rules that an FCC complaint was filed against her campaign.
At the end of this post you can see an FCC complaint filed against her campaign.
It is quite concerning that a candidate running for judge would have this many problems following the law.
Or it could just be sloppy work on her end to fail to understand these laws.
Either way, it appears to speak to the quality of judge she would be.
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To read the complaint, click here.