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Fri Aug 19, 2016, 10:23 PM

Another Deez Nuts unlikely under new FEC crackdown

Related: FEC Adopts Interim Verification Procedure for Filings Containing Possibly False or Fictitious Information (FEC Press Release)


Source: Des Moines Registrer

Another Deez Nuts unlikely under new FEC crackdown

Morgan Gstalter, 5:40 p.m. CDT August 19, 2016

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is hoping to prevent another Deez Nuts-esque candidate from appearing on the ballot slips.

A 15-year-old Iowan made national headlines last year by filing paperwork for candidacy with the FEC under the name "Deez Nuts" – a pseudonym for Brady Olsen of rural Wallingford, Ia.

The paperwork, a FEC Form 2 Statement of Candidacy, was submitted and signed by Olsen was supposed to verify that the information provided is “true, correct and complete” and warns that “false, erroneous, or incomplete information” may lead to penalties under federal law.

The FEC, hoping to combat this issue, released a statement Thursday regarding the creation of a interim procedure staff to verify all information during the 2016 election cycle that looks "unlawfully false or fictitious."

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Read more: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2016/08/19/another-deez-nuts-unlikely-under-new-fec-crackdown/89015624/


Source: USA Today

Federal Election Commission cracks down on Deez Nuts, other fake candidates

Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY 8:35 p.m. EDT August 19, 2016

Sorry, Deez Nuts, Left Shark and Toy Testicles.

The folks over at the Federal Election Commission are not amused by your claims to be running for the presidency, and this week they announced plans to crack down on the wave of fake candidates filing paperwork with the agency.

"The Commission has authorized staff to send verification letters to filers listing fictional characters, obscene language, sexual references, celebrities (where there is no indication that the named celebrity submitted the filing), animals or similarly implausible entries as the name or contact information of the candidate or committee," according to the FEC's news release outlining its formal procedure.

The letters will warn pranksters that there are potential penalties for making false filings with a federal agency. If they don't respond to the FEC's letter in 30 days, their names will be yanked from the public database on the FEC's website, stripping them of one path to notoriety.

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Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/19/fec-cracks-down-on-fake-candidates/88993532/

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