Wasserman Schultz’s Primary Challenger Filing FEC Complaint Against Her

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) / AP
• August 2, 2016 10:36 am


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D., Fla.) primary challenger is filing a complaint with the Federal Election Committee claiming that the outgoing Democratic National Committee chairwoman wrongfully used DNC resources to target his campaign.

Tim Canova, a law professor and supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), said his campaign lawyers found evidence that Schultz violated FEC rules among the recent WikiLeaks disclosures that forced the chairwoman’s resignation from the committee.

"It’s very clear that Wasserman Schultz was using the DNC resources to monitor my campaign and to strategize on how to crush the campaign," Canova said Monday night during an interview with MSNBC. "That’s a violation of federal law."

The allegations come a week after Schultz announced she was resigning as committee chair amid fallout from the email leak suggesting the DNC favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary.

Canova called his campaign’s discovery the "tip of the iceberg" of Wasserman Schultz’s reported mismanagement at the DNC.

"A lot of folks are unhappy with her, and this is what I mean, that she’ll be a drag on the ticket at this point."

Schultz, who has represented Florida in Congress since 2005, is leading Canova by eight points, according to a poll released by Canova’s campaign on Sunday.

Sanders announced in May that he was backing Canova’s bid against Wasserman Schultz, causing a stir as the Vermont Senator was still running for president at the time.