Courthouse News Service reports:
Democratic super PAC American Bridge filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission on Monday, claiming former President Donald Trump is violating campaign finance law by spending money on a bid for the White House that he hasn’t yet formally announced.
The complaint cites Trump’s own statements about his 2024 political ambitions, including comments he made during a golf game in January during which he called himself the “45th and 47th” president of the United States.
American Bridge argues that Trump has already begun his run for the White House and is delaying a formal declaration to avoid federal campaign restrictions.
The Washington Post reports:
Trump’s leadership committee, Save America, has spent more than $100,000 per week recently on Facebook ads and has often raised more than $1 million per week, the group said.
The complaint says Save America’s expenditures have included payments for events at Trump properties, rallies featuring Trump, consulting payments to former Trump campaign staffers and digital advertising about Trump’s events and about President Biden.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich called the complaint a “cheap gimmick” that showed the Democratic Party “has become a dumpster fire that’s void of solutions and substance.”
Democratic super PAC @American_Bridge has filed a complaint with the FEC, claiming Trump is violating campaign finance law by spending money on a bid for the White House that he hasn’t yet formally announced. @rosemwagner https://t.co/mvCBqC3CIl
— Courthouse News (@CourthouseNews) March 15, 2022
“I know what I’m going to do, but we’re not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws.”@American_Bridge files a complaint w/ the Federal Election Commission against Trump.https://t.co/V2OwwZHJew
— bryan metzger (@metzgov) March 14, 2022
BREAKING: We just filed an FEC complaint against Donald Trump.
Trump is illegally funding his 2024 presidential campaign without formally announcing his candidacy.
We’re holding him accountable for dodging the law.
— American Bridge 21st Century (@American_Bridge) March 14, 2022
The Democratic super PAC American Bridge told The New York Times that it is filing a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission and using the former president’s own words in the complaint. https://t.co/iztShUqQrG
— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) March 15, 2022