Wasserman Schultz Faces FEC Complaint from Progressive Challenger

With less than a month before the Florida congressional primary on August 30, incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing a potential Federal Elections Committee (FEC) complaint from progressive challenger and law professor Tim Canova.

Canova alleges that evidence in WikiLeaks’ release of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) show Wasserman Schultz using DNC resources to strategize against his congressional campaign. Wasserman Shultz resigned as party chair last month after the emails showed the DNC favoring Hillary Clinton’s campaign over Bernie Sanders’. The congresswoman now works for Clinton’s campaign.

“It’s very clear that Wasserman Schultz was using the DNC resources to monitor my campaign and to strategize on how to crush the campaign,” Canova said on MSNBC‘s “Meet the Press Daily” Monday.

“That’s a violation of federal law,” Canova added. He said he plans to file the FEC complaint soon.

Indeed, a quick search of the leaked emails show DNC staffers warning each other about the activities of Canova campaign staffers and surrogates, such as Zack Exley and Warren Gunnels, as well as deeply involved in coordinating and seeking positive media coverage for a May speech Wasserman Schultz gave in Alaska, during which Canova Skyped in to a separate venue to provide an alternate talk for progressive Democrats.

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