The Charleston attorney and one-time state senator formally declared his interest in the 1st Congressional District race on Dec. 18.
In a Dec. 28 letter, a copy of which was recently posted on Summerville Patch, Kuhn requested campaign donations for the special election required to fill the seat of Rep. Tim Scott, who assumed an empty senate seat following Jim DeMint’s Dec. 6 resignation.
Specifically, 11 CFR 110.11(c)(2) states “on printed materials, the disclaimer notice must appear within a printed box set apart from the other contents in the communication.”
The common disclaimer is absent from Kuhn’s letter, however.
Any materials for collection of federal campaign donations are also to list maximum contribution amounts, which for congressional races are $2,500 per person per election cycle, and other donation restrictions.
Kuhn mentions no such limitations, however. In fact, his letter asks recipients to donate “as much as you possibly can(.)
“I need a lot of money,” the letter reads.
And if any recipient honored the request, Kuhn’s campaign might face difficulty in complying with yet another regulation.
Federal campaigns are required to report to the FEC the name, mailing address, occupation and employer of all who donate over $200 in one year to political campaigns, and donation requests are to specify that requirement. Even though Kuhn’s letter requests contributions, it doesn’t ask for the needed information.
The Charleston attorney seemed confident in his campaign when submitting the letter. “I have a great chance to win this election because they drew the perfect district for me after the last census.”
Filing for the special election begins on Jan. 18. Primary races are scheduled for March 19, and voters will select a new congressional representative on May 7.
In 2001, Kuhn was elected state senator of District 43, covering parts of Charleston and Berkeley counties.
However, he lost the primary race in the next election cycle to Chip Campsen, who still holds the office.
Kuhn made news in early 2012 when he endorsed Ron Paul in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary.