OR-3: FEC complaint filed against Delia Lopez; calls into question NRCC "Young Guns" program

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What does this bizarre situation say about the NRCC's "Young Guns" program?

For the second time, Delia Lopez is challenging Earl Blumenauer for Congress - despite the fact that she lives 150 miles from the district in Douglas County.

And while serious political observers may discount her chances in the solidly blue 3rd District, that didn't stop the NRCC from making her one of their targeted "Young Guns" candidates. (No, I have no idea what the heck they're thinking.) Rob Cornilles and Scott Bruun are also so-called "Young Guns" as well, in their races in the 1st and 5th districts.

That targeting - and, presumably, coming investment from the GOP into her race - has led to greater scrutiny of her operation.

And now, the DPO has filed a federal complaint against Delia Lopez. It seems that she's not filed the legally-required disclosure forms in her campaign for Congress.

It's not a small paperwork oversight either. To give you a sense of the scope, here's a quote from the complaint:

For the remainder of 2008 and all of 2009 and the first half of 2010, she filed no additional material with the FEC. This means she did not file:

• 2008 Oct. 15 Quarterly
• 2008 Pre-general
• 2008 Post-general
• 2008 year end (January 31st)
• 2009 April 15 Quarterly
• 2009 July 15 Quarterly
• 2009 Oct. 15 Quarterly
• 2009 Year End ; January 31 Quarterly
• 2010 April 15 Quarterly
• 2010 12-Day Pre-primary

But wait, there's more -- including some bizarre stuff related to a raffle, a firearm, and an allegedly illegal corporate contribution...

We have also found that she did not disclose certain expenditures on her FEC reports. According to the Oregon Secretary of State, she paid the $100 filing fee to be listed on the Republican Primary ballot on January 20th, 2010. This expenditure was not listed on her FEC reports. (ATTACHED)

Attached are three screen captures of Google AdWords Ads that were taken on June 7th, 2010 that also should have been listed on her FEC report as expenditures which she would have filed on June 14th, 2010. (ATTACHED)

She disclosed a loan by credit card for $6,030 in June, i.e., an in-kind contribution in the form of a loan, but didn't disclose the disbursement portion of the in-kind, or list as memo entries the campaign disbursements through the credit card.

As early as March 27th, 2010 at her campaign kickoff, she announced that she would be raffling off a Springfield Armory 1911 PX9 152LP, which according to her blog has a retail value of $1,244 (ATTACHED). Nowhere on her FEC report is this listed as an expenditure or in-kind contribution.

Also disturbing, on her Facebook page dated June 23rd, 2010, Delia Lopez announced that Beavercreek Armory LLC would donate 25% of their profits from Concealed-Carry classes, which may in fact be an illegal corporate contribution. (ATTACHED)

Read the full text of the DPO's complaint.

What's the NRCC up to? Are they trying a silly head-fake on the Democrats - suggesting that Blumenauer is vulnerable? Or do they really think Lopez is a serious candidate?

What does this bizarre situation say about the NRCC's "Young Guns" program?

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    Full discloure: My firm built Earl Blumenauer's campaign website. I speak only for myself.

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    Can't help but think this is the result of a treasurer who just doesn't care that much, since it's not a winnable fight, etc., not a conscious attempt to dodge FEC regulations.

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    Could it be that Delia is a place-holder candidate much like Joyce Segar and Carol Voisin before her?

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    It seems pretty straightforward to me, Kari. After a year where after plenty of focus grouping about which wedge issue in a down economy is the most effective, and taking up the banner of anti-immigration...they know they've alienated a once very loyal part of their voting block. All they had to do is see Ms. Lopez's name on paper, and they put her on the list. These things aren't so complex, you know.

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    Doing campaign against illegal aliens Delia’s way, illegal!!! she came to the flea market without asking permission at a place where she is not welcome. The Hispanic community in Gresham Preble don’t know who they going to support on the elections day, but we know is not Delia, if you have same dignity you came and got your propaganda from the front of la Pulga as we Hispanics call what you call the flea market. I’m a patron here and we don’t want to be at your level, we give you until 5:00 pm to come and got your propaganda before we take it down ourselves, thanks Dalia. And we know how disrespectful you are and you are not going to be here for your propaganda, anyhow tanks and hope in the future you ask permission!!! Before you just go to private property and put your propaganda. Hispanics do not support Delia Lopez

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