COLUMBUS (TDB) -- The DNC says the complaint will be filed Monday when the Federal Election Commission opens for business. It will contend the Arizona senator's GOP presidential campaign has exceeded the $56.8 million spending limit imposed when he accepted federal matching funds. The full text of the DNC statement is available here. An excerpt from Howard Dean, the party chairman:
"The crucial issue here is John McCain's integrity. John McCain poses as a reformer but seems to think reforms apply to everyone but him. He used taxpayer money to guarantee a loan so he could raise money from lobbyists and special interests -- it's the height of hypocrisy. This is just the latest example of his do as I say, not as I do double standard, and it's unlikely to be the last. McCain financially benefited from this legally binding contract -- he got free ballot access, saving him millions or dollars, and he secured a $4 million line of credit to keep his campaign afloat . . ."