Armistead Reveals FEC Violations for Judge Bob Vance
"Vance's support for Obama comes back to haunt him"
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Bill Armistead, Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, revealed today that he is filing a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission regarding the failure of Judge Bob Vance, the Democratic Party Candidate for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, to file reports to the FEC after making a $2,000 donation to the Obama Victory Fund in 2008. Once Vance donated over $1,000 to the Obama Victory Fun on June 18, 2008 from his Robert S. Vance, Jr. Campaign for Judge Committee, his committee became a federal political committee, requiring him to register under the Federal Election Campaign Act within 10 days and periodically filing all financial activities.
"Judge Robert Vance's affiliation with President Barack Obama has already been well established. Vance personally donated $1,000 to the Barack Obama for President Campaign in 2008. So did his wife, Joyce White Vance," stated Armistead. "Clearly, both Judge Vance and his wife support Barack Obama, the most liberal President to have ever led this country. And just as clearly, Barack Obama believes that the Vance's share his liberal philosophy, as Joyce Vance was one of Obama's first nominees to the position of U.S. Attorney.
"But Judge Vance took it even further by donating an additional $2,000 to Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign from his own campaign account. But after making that donation, he failed to follow FEC laws by not filing with the FEC as a federal political committee and has subsequently failed to file any of the quarterly filings also required.
"I find it amazing that this simple rule has escaped the notice of a sitting Judge for all of these years, especially since Judge Vance now purports that he is ready to take on the administrative functions that are the responsibility of the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
"These violations are serious and call into question Judge Vance's knowledge of the law and attention to adherence to the rules we are all bound to follow. They also draw attention to Judge Vance's close alliance with Barack Obama and his far left liberal political philosophy. When someone donates thousands of dollars to a candidate, they are clearly showing their support and sympathy with their beliefs. Alabama soundly rejected Barack Obama in 2008 and we will do so again this Tuesday, November 6th. I encourage voters in Alabama to realize that Bob Vance's support for and alliance with Barack Obama makes it imperative to also reject Vance's bid for Chief Justice, lest Obama find a foothold in our state through him."