One of the Democrats expected to give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a major challenge in 2020 has been forced out of the race.
Radio personality Matt Jones resigned from the race after violating Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
You can’t do that
What is about Democrats and their inability to keep their finances on the up-and-up?
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has had at least two possible FEC violations in her first two years of office on record.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) recently had an FEC complaint filed against her campaign for writing out some rather substantial checks to the “Squad” member for personal expenditures.
Now, Jones has been accused of accepting a corporate donation for his Senate campaign, which is not allowed under FEC rules. Jones allegedly took campaign contributions from the company that syndicates his radio show, iHeartMedia, as well as his book publisher, Simon & Schuster.
Even with strong evidence against Jones, he insists he did nothing wrong. The FEC, however, disagrees.
Jones said his campaign was not official yet, but there is a signed proclamation of his candidacy on record and his main campaign committee has crossed the threshold in spending for what would be considered to be an active campaign.
Was it all a stunt?
While many thought Jones could give McConnell a run for his money simply out of name recognition and popularity, that will not be the case now.
What it does look like, though, is that Jones may have had this in his plans all along. Jones has a book coming out soon titled Mitch, Please!
The FEC filing has given Jones more media attention and more of a chance to rail against Republicans. All of this attention should help him build publicity for his upcoming book tour.
Thankfully, Kentuckians were made aware of his corruption long before they ever had a chance to cast a vote for him.