he Federal Election Commission has deadlocked in a 3-3 vote over allegations of illegal coordination involving the 2012 presidential campaign of former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a super political action committee supporting Santorum, and Foster Freiss, a wealthy Santorum supporter who funded the super PAC, known as the Red, White and Blue Fund.
The FEC also dismissed charges involving payments allegedly made by the National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit supporting Santorum, to secure a key endorsement for his presidential campaign. The FEC commissioners voted unanimously to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” in dismissing these charges.
The FEC released documents Dec. 4 in an enforcement case involving the Santorum campaign designated Matter Under Review (MUR 6740). It was the latest in a series of enforcement matters in which Democratic and Republican FEC commissioners split over whether to pursue allegations involving presidential super PACs and other matters.