Democratic National Committee's Office of Constituency Services

According to the DNC website, Constituency Services "responds to requests for information". So this morning I called the DNC, got the pertinent email, and requested the information I've been looking for:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask this question, but your webiste stated that: "Constituency Services responds to all policy and constituent mail and responds to requests for information." I would like to request information about the process the Democratic party uses to ensure that its candidates are qualified to hold the offices they run for. The reason I'm coming to the DNC is that, in response to these same questions, my state chairman (Pat Waak) said: " If you would like more information on specifics, please contact the Democratic National Committee." I was also told by the Oregon Attorney General, "the national organizations of the major political parties are responsible for ensuring that they nominate only qualified candidates." The Colorado Secretary of State also informed me that it's the "legal responsibility" of the party to certify qualified candidates to their office.

My questions have to do with a clause found in the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules. On page 18 of that document it states:

1. Based on the right of the Democratic Party to freely assemble and to determine the
criteria for its candidates, it is determined that all candidates for the Democratic
nomination for President or Vice President shall:

a. be registered to vote, and shall have been registered to vote in the last
election for the office of President and Vice President; and

b. have demonstrated a commitment to the goals and objectives of the
Democratic Party as determined by the National Chair and will participate
in the Convention in good faith.

2. It is further determined that these requirements are in addition to the requirements
set forth by the United States Constitution and any law of the United States.
While this clause relates only to the presidential candidate, I'd also be interested to know how the DNC ensures that its Congressional candidates are qualified to hold the office they run for. Specifically, I'm requesting the following information:

1) What individual, individuals, group, and/or groups are responsible for ensuring that the Democratic candidates are qualified to hold the offices they run for, should they be elected?

2) Approximately when does the qualification process take place during the campaign. My research indicates that it must take place after the individual becomes an official candidate, but before receiving a nomination from the party. Is that accurate? And is there a more specific date?

3) What evidence (i.e. - birth records, passports, background check documents) is provided by the candidate to the party that allows the party to make an official determination regarding the candidate's eligibility?

4) Is there any sort of documentation which shows that the party made a determination regarding the candidates' eligibility? Perhaps a document signed by the party chair stating that such-and-such a candidate is eligible to hold the office they are running for? If so, is that documentation available to the public, and if so, how can I request that copies be sent to me?

I thank you for your time and attention to this matter, and congratulate the party on a successful election season. I have a sincere hope that our country will benefit from our new leadership, and that they might be able to guide us safely through these difficult and perilous times.


Justin W. Riggs