Outgoing Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary challenger is planning to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), alleging that she used DNC resources to target his campaign.
Tim Canova, a law professor, said his campaign’s lawyers have found evidence of this as they sift through the tens of thousands of stolen DNC emails that were published by Wikileaks, which showed top aides undercutting Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Test detects signs of dementia at least six months earlier than standard method The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away MORE’s campaign in the Democratic presidential primary.
“It’s very clear that Wasserman Schultz was using the DNC resources to monitor my campaign and to strategize on how to crush the campaign,” Canova said during a Monday night interview on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily.” “That’s a violation of federal law.
“That’s just the tip of the iceberg about what she was doing at the DNC,” he added. “A lot of folks are unhappy with her, and this is what I mean, that she’ll be a drag on the ticket at this point.”
MSNBC said it did not receive comment when it reached out to the DNC and Wasserman Schultz’s campaign about the FEC complaint.
Canova has an uphill battle in his Aug. 30 primary challenge against Wasserman Schultz, who has been serving her South Florida district since 2005.
But the Florida congresswoman has faced a tough few weeks following the email leak. She subsequently relinquished her role at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week, stepping down as DNC head.
A new poll released by his campaign found him trailing by only 8 points, and 16 percent of Democratic primary voters still remain undecided.
Canova told The Hill late last week that he’s spoken to Sanders’s campaign manager about the Vermont senator campaigning with him in Florida, but no plans have been arranged yet.