The Republican Party got hit with a stunning legal complaint that will throw 2024 into chaos

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Court cases and criminal indictments dominated the 2024 election.

Now there is another major case on the docket.

And the Republican Party got hit with a stunning legal complaint that will throw 2024 into chaos.

Republican Presidential candidate Larry Elder slapped the Republican National Committee (RNC) with a lawsuit over the RNC saying Elder did not meet the criteria to qualify for the first GOP debate.

The RNC set a threshold of candidates reaching 40,000 donors – with 200 unique donors in each state – as well as registering 1 percent support in three approved national polls or 1 percent in two national polls and one early state poll.

Elder – a prominent black conservative talk show host – met the donor mark.

And just before the deadline to qualify for the debate registered 1 percent support in two national polls – from Trafalgar Group and Rasmussen – and one Iowa poll – also from Rasmussen.

But when the RNC released the roster of candidates that qualified for the debate, Elder was not among them.

Elder’s campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging the RNC violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by soliciting illegal corporate contributions by limiting the debate.

“With the rumored goal of limiting the participants in the August 23, 2023, Republican presidential primary debate (the “Debate”), the RNC seized control over one of the most significant opportunities available to presidential primary candidates.

In doing so, the RNC solicited corporate contributions in violation of the Act’s rules,” the Elder campaign’s complaint read.

The Elder campaign also accused the RNC of violating the law by refusing to divulge which polls counted as qualifying polls and then changing the criteria after Elder met them.

“Instead, of ensuring adherence to pre-established objective criteria, the RNC read new terms into the criteria, adding a post-hoc definition of ‘national poll’ to mean a poll of every single state,” the complaint added arguing the RNC violated FECA’s “pre-established objective criteria” when staging debates.

The RNC denied any wrongdoing and said the campaigns were aware of the criteria to make the debate stage.

“Criteria to qualify for the first debate was clearly presented to campaigns and RNC leadership and members of the debate committee were in constant communication with candidates and campaigns throughout the qualifying period,” RNC spokesman Keith Schipper wrote in an email to the Daily Caller adding that “the RNC worked over two years to deliver a transparent and fair primary process.”

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