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The Federal Election Commission has cited the campaign committees of 16 congressional candidates.

The Federal Election Commission has cited the campaign committees of 16 congressional candidates for failing to file Pre-General Election Reports required by the Federal Election Campaign Act. 

The reports, which contain a campaign’s financial activity, were due October 23 but had not arrived in Washington as of last Friday. 

Those committees cited stretched from Doug Tudor for Congress in Florida to Larry Ishmael for Congress in Washington State. 

POTUS SPONSORS 

One of the more clever 2008 presidential election spoofs depicts Barack Obama and John McCain clad not in their customary suits and ties, rather sporting colorful uniforms identical to those worn by NASCAR drivers. 

Just like the racecar drivers, the presidential uniforms are stitched front to back with the names and logos of each candidate’s corporate sponsors, reminding Americans as to which industries and special causes the White House hopefuls pledged allegiance during the presidential campaign.

HOT TICKET 

It remains unknown until the polls close tonight whether it will be President John McCain or President Barack Obama, but if it’s tradition your after it’s not too early to buy tickets to a January 20 Inaugural Ball. 

Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning, for instance, for the George Washington University Inaugural Ball. If purchased by midnight, tickets cost $85 each [-] rising in price Wednesday to $100, until such time they are sold out. The GW-hosted ball will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Calvert Street NW. 

Meanwhile, Ed Perez, president of the Texas State Society and chair of the 2009 Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, suggested months ago that "it’s not too early to sign up for the hottest Inaugural event in Washington" (actually, the Black Tie & Boots venue for the 2009 Inaugural will be the new Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the banks of the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Maryland). 

The previous seven Black Tie & Boots balls were sold out, including four years ago when more than 12,000 guests danced the night away in honor of Texas native George W. Bush and his second term in the White House.

SARAH LOOK 

Thousands of women from Team Sarah, the fan base of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, will be wearing their hair in updos on this Election Day to show their solidarity with the Alaskan governor. 

The women hope their unique hairstyles will pique peoples’ interest in the presidential election and win over some of the estimated 8 or 9 percent of undecided voters. 

SO MUCH FOR SARAH 

Barack Obama can thank women [-] white women, in particular [-] for his popularity in polling leading up to Tuesday’s presidential election. 

According to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), this marks a shift from the 2004 election, when exit polls from Edison Media Research/Mitofsky International found that 55 percent of white women voted for President Bush and 44 percent for Democratic Sen. John Kerry. 

“This shift in support among white women from 2004 to 2008 is one reason Obama is faring better than Senator Kerry did in the last election,” observes CAWP director Debbie Walsh. 

POLITICS AND PROSE 

Speaking of Sarah Palin’s updo (or "half updo," as women-in-the-know constantly correct this columnist), Christine Brooks-Cropper, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, says it is "safe to say that this has been one of the more fashionable get-out-the-vote campaigns since [John] Kerry’s face was silk screened on every colored t-shirt imaginable." 

Meanwhile, as Washington prepares to greet its new president and first lady, the fashion CEO is encouraging local fashionistas not to let down their guards just yet. 

"After 21 long campaign months, you resisted the temptation to ask your colleagues point blank: Who are you voting for? The equivalent of asking someone how much they paid for their Louboutins or custom-made suit," she points out in the chamber’s November newsletter. 

"But you are not off the hook just yet. Following Election Day, Washingtonians will prepare for months of parties, culminating in the political event of the year: the Inaugural Ball. The festivities are not exempt from political battlegrounds, even if you are all on the same team. 

"When engaging in political discourse, remember boundaries and remain impartial. The fashionista inside will automatically divert the conversation and save the day with: ‘What excites you about the spring trends this coming year?’" 

CALL FOR JUSTICE

"As a former judge and prosecutor for over 30 years, I believe the law applies to everyone, even elite white-collar criminals in New York City."

So declares Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican, who — together with Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda of Kansas — has sent a letter to Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey calling for a thorough investigation "into any and all financial institutions, corporations and individuals that are suspect of criminal action relating to our current economic crisis."

The pair’s plaintiffs: constituents concerned "about their retirement accounts, their savings, and how they can afford to send their kids to college."

ROAD LESS TRAVELED 

Vice President Dick Cheney surfaced over the weekend in Laramie, Wyo., appearing at a Republican campaign rally with former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson. 

Mr. Cheney said in all his years as a senator, Mr. Simpson was exactly the same person, taking his job seriously, but always retaining his humility, while spreading a few words of wisdom: "One of my favorites was that, ‘Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington are not bothered by heavy traffic.’”

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John McCaslin pens the award-winning Inside the Beltway column for The Washington Times. His column has been syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and Tribune Media Services.

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