Soon after the IRS story broke, Al Salvi told Illinois Review that it was IRS official Lois Lerner who represented the FEC in the 1996 Democrat complaint against him. According to Salvi, Lerner was, without question, politically motivated, and went so far as to make him an offer: "Promise me you will never run for office again, and we'll drop this case."
Salvi declined her offer. In fact he ran for Illinois Secretary of State in 1998...
In 2000, a federal judge dismissed the FEC case against him, clearing Salvi's name and reputation...
The 1996 FEC Complaint against Salvi
During the last several weeks of the 1996 Illinois U.S. Senate campaign, two FEC complaints were filed against Salvi - one by Illinois Democrats about the way he reported a loan he made to himself, and another by the Democratic Senatorial Committee about a reported business donation.
Salvi made a personal loan to his campaign for $1.1 million to fund the last campaign ads in the expensive Chicago television ad market. News of that loan and the filed FEC complaint dominated Chicago media headlines towards the end of the campaign, suffocating the life out of Salvi's threatening momentum.
Salvi lost that election to Dick Durbin but still had to deal with the FEC complaints then under the leadership of Lois Lerner. Nearly four years and a hundred thousand dollars in legal fees later, federal judge George Lindbergh dismissed the FEC case against him, leaving the FEC attorney Lois Lerner -- who was present and actively arguing before the judge -- shocked.
"The judge said to Lerner, 'Let me get this straight - Mr. Salvi loaning himself money is legal, and you have no complaint against that, is that right?'" Salvi said. "Ms. Lerner agreed. Then the judge said, 'You just don't like the way his attorneys filled out the report?' Lerner agreed."
Case dismissed, the judge said shaking his head and pounding his gavel, as Lerner objected.
"We never lose!" Lerner said to Salvi afterwards.
Despite all the Democrats' efforts, Salvi never paid the FEC a dollar in fines or penalties.http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/05/lerner-intrigue-goes-back-to-96-durbinsalvi-us-senate-race.html
This story brings to mind several related matters:
(1) Recently I was introduced to a book entitled, "The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)". In that work the authors describe how a small group of dedicated "progressives" were successful in turning very red CO into now very blue CO. One of the tactics used was to file frivolous ethical lawsuits against Republican candidates in the final weeks of a campaign, charges that had to be dealt with thus distracting the Republicans time and resources when they were most needed. You may recall something of this same nature was done to Sarah when governor of AK. The same was obviously done to Salvi only the Dems employed the full power and authority of the federal government to accomplish their dirty deeds.
(2) Lois Lerner is a flat out evil woman who ought be fired, barred from future government employment, and in a best case scenario sent to jail. Only that is going to happen because she broke no laws, only misused her power. That she could do what she did at both the FEC and the IRS should be abundant evidence Leviathan MUST
be controlled. We may get rid of her but how many Democrat operatives like her will simply replace her?
(3) These people really, really play hardball, even though to anyone with a sense of decency and fairness their behavior turns the stomach. Lerner's actions with Salvi helped get the highly partisan and thoroughly disagreeable Dick Durbin elected. But what about IL's other senator at the time? Recall how his election was secured by the illegal release of the divorce records of Jack Ryan?
With such amoral people in positions of power, Lerner, Durbin, Obama, is it any wonder we are in the mess we are? Is it not quite frightening that such people have such power?