National Legal & Policy Center Calls For Investigation Of Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Sean “Diddy”

Combs is being scrutinized by The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), as

the group filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC)

against Combs today (Nov. 3).

Peter Flaherty, President of The NLPC alleges that Combs and

his non-profit, Citizen Change, may have violated the Federal Election Campaign

Act (FECA) and the Internal Revenue Service Code, when he rallied support for

John Kerry and called for the defeat of President George W. Bush during last

year’s presidential election.

The NLPC alleges that Citizen Change rallies called for the

election of Kerry and the ousting of Bush and references two rallies in particular,

including an Oct. 26, 2004 event at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

The group says violations occurred when Leonardo DiCaprio and

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick urged the crowd to vote for Kerry.

The Complaint states that Citizen Change’s address was

listed as the same as Combs’ business address and alleges that Combs could

have used his company’s corporate funds to illegally support Citizen Change’s


The NLPC is asking the FEC to investigate whether or not Combs

used the Vote or Die campaign to advance “commercial activity, namely

Combs' line of clothing and/or his clothing company.”

"The Vote or Die Campaign was little more than a way for

Combs to call attention to himself,” Flaherty said in a statement released

to “In terms of effectiveness, it was a joke."

Flaherty says Combs’ Citizen Change did promote voter

mobilization, but claims the non-profit engaged in prohibited electioneering


Tonight, Combs is being honored by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

during the National Equal Justice Award Dinnner in New York City.

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA.), Johnson Publishing Company President

Linda Johnson Rice, Combs were selected to be honored at the NAACP’s most

important annual event at the Hilton New York & Towers.

“Honoring Combs shows how badly the civil rights movement

has lost its way,” Flaherty stated. “I think of the courage and

decency of Rosa Parks, and then I think of what Combs represents."

In a previous press release, LDF Director-Counsel and President

Theodore M. Shaw labeled Combs and the other honorees “21st century advocates

of democracy."

"Their combined efforts have helped to change the political,

economic and cultural landscapes of America and brought the nation closer to

realizing its democratic ideals," Shaw stated.

Combs was not available

for comment at press time.