Nader’s long weekend

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Looks like even more bad news for Ralph Nader. Not only did he fail to pick up the Green Party’s endorsement this weekend, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington also filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Friday alleging that he violated federal campaign law by sharing an office with a charity he founded. Nader’s office space conflict was first reported by Salon’s Joe Conason in March.

Democrats in Illinois may also choose to challenge Nader’s ballot signatures in Illinois today. This is on top of the signature challenge Nader is already dealing with in Arizona.

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But all is not lost for Nader; over the weekend, he appears to have gathered the 1,000 signatures he needed to get on the ballot in Oregon. After a concerted push, compliments of right-wing activists in the state, 1,150 people came to his rally on Saturday to sign his petition. He is also insisting that he has enough signatures to make it onto the ballot in Washington State. Without the Green Party’s stamp of approval, though — and its access to the ballot in 22 states — Ralph Nader doesn’t appear to have a chance at getting his coveted 5 percent of the vote this November. But he can still swing states like Oregon, Washington and Arizona into the Bush column, doing about as much for his cause as he did in 2000.

Stephen W. Stromberg is a former editorial fellow at Salon.

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