FEC to dead guy: keep filing

If Benjamin Franklin had run a political action committee, he might have said that nothing is certain but death, taxes, and Federal Election Commission filings.

The agency tasked with overseeing campaign spending recently wrote to an Ohio-based organization called Friends of Charlie Wilson, telling the PAC that despite its request to shut down, it had to keep submitting filings.

One not-so-small problem with this picture?

The PAC’s namesake, former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio), died in April.

The FEC said the PAC couldn’t terminate, citing unspecified errors or omissions in its request to do so. “Failure to adequately respond by the response date noted above could result in an audit or enforcement action,” it warned.

But can you audit the dead?

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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