Fred Thompson in Hot FEC Water

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There are rules that govern how presidential candidates and their campaigns can act. And it turns out, if you try to circumvent those rules by refusing to officially declare your candidacy, but you travel the country campaigning anyway, you are in violation of the law.

That’s the hard lesson currently being learned by Fred Thompson, or as you know him, the big, bald guy that is supposedly the next Reagan but is actually just really, really lazy. A liberal blogger has filed a complaint against Thompson with the Federal Elections Commission.

The complaint appears to have real legitimacy, and may result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for Big T. We’ll keep you posted.

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