Many of his supporters and donors were disappointed when Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched aisles earlier this year, and now they may be eligible for a refund.
That is because the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has given the green light for the lawmaker’s donors’ information to be used to inquire whether they would like to ask the senator to return the money they had spent to help him get reelected.
Spearheading the effort to obtain the permission from the FEC was a group called Club for Growth, and now it plans to use Specter’s campaign finance reports to contact his donors, inform them that the senator is now a Democrat and remind them he has pledged to refund campaign donations upon request, according to Politico.com.
Executive director of the Club David Keating says Specter "continues to face doubts about his loyalties, and I expect many of his donors will want their money back," quoted by the Hill.com.
Despite the media storm surrounding Specter’s decision to switch party allegiance, and the outcry among his more conservative supporters, the FEC was reportedly split in its decision, with the lawyers who make recommendation to the commissioners reaching two different conclusions on whether the move would violate the donors’ privacy.
The FEC’s agreement was required because federal law prohibits using information in campaign finance reports to contact donors for commercial or solicitation purposes. However, the commission decided that since the Club is not going to solicit money, it will not break the law.