by Chad Groening
One News Now
The Energy & Environment Legal Institute has sent a letter to Federal Election Commission chair Lee Goodman, asking the FEC to investigate potential federal and state financial disclosure violations by the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club recently was implicated in a $1 million ad buy aimed at smearing and defeating Iowa Republican State Senator Joni Ernst in her bid for the U.S. Senate. This came on the heels of a $1 million ad buy targeting Ernst this past summer, sponsored by a coalition of leftist groups. The Sierra Club also teamed up with other leftist groups to buy ads supporting Democratic Senate candidates Kay Hagen in North Carolina and Gary Peters in Michigan.
Gary Schnare, general counsel for the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, explains why the FEC is being asked to investigate the Sierra Club’s involvement in these ads.