Reports today that Hillary Clinton’s “people” have signed a lease for what is likely a Brooklyn campaign headquarters of her yet-to-announce 2016 presidential campaign. Under federal election law, within fifteen days following any “campaign activity,” an announcement must be filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Report from the IBTimes:
Hillary Clinton’s team may have dropped the biggest indication over whether the former secretary of state is running in the 2016 presidential election when it signed a lease for a campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York on 3 April.
According to Politico, which first reported the news, Clinton’s new campaign headquarters is located at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights.
Clinton’s team will take up two full floors of the office building, which markets itself as “Modern Offices. Brooklyn Cool”. The new office is situated next to Morgan Stanley and across the office of the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Politico reported.
The latest development from Clinton’s camp may signal that the Democrat will be announcing her presidential run in the coming weeks.
The Federal Election Committee dictates that potential candidates have 15 days between conducting campaign activity and filing a campaign committee, Politico stated. Clinton’s chief of staff Huma Abedin allegedly toured the building and the surrounding neighbourhood weeks ago, but did not sign a lease. ABC News reported that the FEC laws can be “murky” and “hard to enforce”.
This could put her launch into mid-April, either before or just after Marco Rubio, who is slated to announce in April 13. As noted, the fifteen day deadline can be hard to enforce as there are numerous loopholes in working around this requirement yet staying within the law, apparently.