Terri Schiavo’s Husband Gets FEC Warning Over PAC Filing Problems

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 28, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 28
, 2007

Coral Gables, FL (LifeNews.com) — After the euthanasia death of Terri Schiavo, her former husband Michael wanted to exact revenge against the pro-life members of Congress who supported a measure allowing Terri’s parents to take their efforts to save her life to federal court.

He formed a PAC to get involved in various political campaigns, but it’s running afoul of FEC reporting requirements.

Schiavo was very involved in the 2006 election season.

In Pennsylvania, he attacked pro-life Sen. Rick Santorum — calling him "the only U.S. senator who flew to Florida and interfered with Terri Schiavo’s private family tragedy."

He backed candidates for Congress there and also flew to Colorado and Connecticut to campaign for other candidates and headline fund-raisers on their behalf.

What Schiavo hasn’t done is properly log his political activities with the federal government.

Schiavo’s political action committee, known as TerriPAC, had to amendment its October 2006 quarterly report twice after the FEC found it did not fully report its fundraising and spending. TerriPAC also amended its November 1 pre-general election report twice as well.

In total, the FEC has sent Schiavo’s PAC four letters requesting additional or more accurate information since December 1.

The latest letter says Schiavo can’t ask for an extension and mentions a possible audit.

"Adequate responses received [by March 19] will be taken into consideration in determining whether audit action will be initiated," the FEC wrote Michael on February 16. "Requests for extension of time will not be considered."

"Failure to provide an adequate response by this date may result in an audit of the committee," the FEC wrote, adding that "enforcement action" may be taken if Schiavo doesn’t respond in time.

While Schiavo has engaged in politics, Terri’s parents and family have worked full-time for their foundation which seeks to help disabled patients and their families obtain appropriate health care and treatment.

Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org