FEC Rejects Complaint Against KFYI
June 17, 2010 at 6:24 PM (PT)
The Federal Election Commission has rejected former ARIZONA Attorney General GRANT WOODS' complaint against CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFYI-A/PHOENIX.
In DECEMBER, WOODS complained that the station had in effect given its former afternoon host and U.S. Senate candidate J.D. HAYWORTH an illegal in-kind contribution by allowing HAYWORTH to broadcast while being a "de facto candidate" (HAYWORTH, although widely assumed to be planning a run, had not yet filed his formal paperwork declaring his candidacy at that time). The ARIZONA REPUBLIC reports that a JUNE 10th letter from the FEC ruled against WOODS in the matter. HAYWORTH let KFYI in JANUARY and declared his candidacy to run against incumbent Sen. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ) on FEBRUARY 15th.
"It was no surprise that Sen. MCCAIN wanted this baseless complaint filed," said HAYWORTH in a press release. "And it's no surprise it was quickly dismissed by the FEC. Not only was this a waste of taxpayer dollars, it was more of the same pattern of fear and intimidation regularly practiced by the senator."