PA Dems File FEC Complaints Against Dr. Oz, David McCormick

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate two newcomers to the state’s 2022 U.S. Senate race – famed doctor Dr Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund manager David McCormick – accusing the candidates for violating separate provisions of federal election law.

On Friday morning, the party filed two separate complaints with the FEC, including one alleging that Oz, a celebrity talk show host, is “capitalizing” his business resources using a version of his TV show’s logo, the domain. website of his show and his professional social media accounts for campaign purposes.

In the complaint, which was reviewed by City & State, the party suggests that “corporate entities affiliated with Dr. Oz (including Oz Media, LLC) may have made ineligible in-kind contributions to Dr. Oz for the Senate by loaning these resources and potentially others in the countryside. Federal law also prohibits a company from using its name or trademarks to facilitate the payment of contributions to a federal candidate.

The Democratic Party goes on to say that Oz “openly capitalizes on brands and business resources to gain an unfair advantage.”

Complaint asks FEC to investigate whether Oz violated campaign finance law by accepting and making in-kind contributions from businesses, and whether Oz Media, LLC used its “names and/or marks” to benefit the Oz campaign. His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The other complaint against McCormick wonders if the former CEO of Bridgewater Associates should be required to officially register as a candidate since he spent more than $2 million on TV ads in his exploratory bid for the US Senate.

According to the FEC, individuals are considered candidates when they spend more than $5,000 for the purpose of influencing an election. However, a “testing the waters” exemption allows those still deciding whether or not to run for office to exceed that $5,000 threshold.

In the complaint, the state Democratic Party notes that McCormick’s “advertisements carefully avoid calling him a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania,” but suggests that the ads “are clearly intended to build recognition of the Mr. McCormick’s name to advance his candidacy”.

Jack Doyle, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, criticized both Oz and McCormick and said both must comply with federal election demands.

“Mehmet Oz and David McCormick might think the rules don’t apply to them because they’re rich, but no one is above the law,” Doyle said. “Pennsylvania deserves a senator who will work hard for the Commonwealth, not some quack doctor from New Jersey or a hedge fund manager from Connecticut who sent Pennsylvania jobs overseas.”

With Oz a relatively new entrant in the race and McCormick continuing to weigh a formal offer, the two would likely end up facing other GOP primary candidates.

Montgomery County real estate developer Jeff Bartos, former US Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands, conservative commentator Kathy Barnette and whistleblower Everett Stern are also seeking the Republican nomination, with a primary election date set for May 17. .