Terri Schiavo’s Ex-Husband Files FEC Papers Officially Closing Political Group

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 24, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Ex-Husband Files FEC Papers Officially Closing Political Group

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 24,
2007

Coral Gables, FL(LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s ex-husband has made it official and filed legal papers on Friday with the Federal Election Commission confirming his intention to disband his political action committee. According to FEC papers LifeNews.com obtained, Michael Schiavo’s brother Brian signed the report terminating the organization TerriPAC.

As LifeNews.com reported last week, Michael decided to close down the political action committee he created to go after pro-life lawmakers who sided with Terri’s family in their efforts to save her life.

After ordering her painful two-week-long starvation and dehydration death in March 2005, Michael Schiavo created the PAC to target pro-life lawmakers who tried to stop him from killing her.

According to the FEC papers, TerriPAC had $35353.75 on hand in July and showed no cash on hand as of Friday when it closed up shop.

However, the papers show $36477.76 during the last few months, none of which went to any candidates for office. Previous paperwork shows the expenses related to fund-raising and consulting and paying for other expenses such as the group’s web site.

In an indication that activity at TerriPAC began to fade in the days leading up to Michael’s announcement he was disbanding it, the PAC has only taken in a little over $1,100 in donations since July.

Schiavo says on the group’s web site that the PAC limited his ability to speak out about his viewpoint on Terri’s death and that he doesn’t like asking for money for the political group to continue.

"After nearly three years, it’s clear that I can remain engaged in the political process and social debate and in fact do more – speak out more often and tackle related issues –without the legal constraints of a PAC," he explained.

"Traveling around the country, making political donations and keeping up with the required legal paperwork takes funds," he said. "But to keep the process moving we have to keep asking for money."

Schiavo claims the PAC was a success at ousting more than a dozen pro-life members of Congress even though it only contributed to a handful of candidates because of poor funding.

"It worked" he said of the PAC, adding "more than 20 members of Congress who supported ‘Terri’s Law’ are not in Washington today."

Since creating the PAC, it has frequently run afoul of the FEC by failing to file its campaign finance reports on time or include all of the necessary information.

The commission fined the PAC $1,350 in July and threatened an investigation over repeated failures to properly file reports about its fundraising and spending.

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