The Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Third Parties to File FEC Complaints Over Debate Exclusions

(The following was originally published in The Salt Lake Tribune.)

Third-party candidates upset at being left out of televised debates announced their intention Wednesday to file formal complaints with the Federal Election Commission and county district attorneys, among other officials.

The Utah Debate Commission held its first event Tuesday, pitting Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, against Democrat Donna McAleer. No third-party candidates were on the stage; they instead protested outside. And no third-party candidate will participate in the next debate, on Thursday at Southern Utah University, where Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, will face Democrat Luz Robles.

The leaders of the Independent American Party and the Constitution Party believe exclusion of their candidates violates laws meant to require equal time to candidates on broadcast stations, leading to a complaint destined for the Federal Communications Commission. They anticipate that the Libertarian Party will join their complaint.

Read More

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s