Nader, Kerry, McAuliffe and “Stay Out of 19 States”

Ralph Nader has charged that Virginia candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe offered him money to “stay out of 19 states” during the 2004 presidential race, according to this report.

Scott Thomas, a Democrat who served as chairman of the Federal Election Commission, said there would have been nothing illegal about extending such an offer.

“It sounds like it’s one of those situations where it makes your skin crawl,” Thomas said. “But it’s something where, if you look at the underlying law, party committees have virtually no constraints whatsoever on how they spend their money.”

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