Tag Archives: FEC

Cruz Wins Campaign Finance Court Battle With FEC

The Hill reports: A federal court on Thursday sided with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in his lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (FEC), striking down rules limiting how much money candidates can raise after an election to pay off loans. Cruz challenged a section of election law that says campaigns cannot pay back more than $250,000 in personal loans through …

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FEC Drops 2016 Hush Money Investigation Into Trump

The New York Times reports: The Federal Election Commission said on Thursday that it had formally dropped a case looking into whether former President Donald J. Trump violated election law with a payment of $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election to a pornographic-film actress by his personal lawyer at the time, Michael D. Cohen. The payment was never reported on …

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Charlie Kirk Group Hit With Dark Money FEC Complaint

From the government watchdog group CREW: The FEC should investigate Turning Point Action for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act by failing to disclose any of its donors despite making more than $1.4 million in independent expenditures in 2020, according to a complaint filed today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Because it solicited money it said it …

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Top “Nonpartisan” FEC Official Is Full-On MAGA Cultist

ProPublica reports: Debbie Chacona oversees the division of the Federal Election Commission that serves as the first line of defense against illegal flows of cash in political campaigns. Its dozens of analysts sift through billions of dollars of reported contributions and expenditures, searching for any that violate the law. The work of Chacona, a civil servant, is guided by a …

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FEC Chairman: Church/State Separation Is A “Fallacy”

Religion News Service reports: The head of the Federal Election Commission chastised Catholic bishops during a pair of interviews this week, accusing church hierarchy of “hiding behind” their nonprofit status and declaring that this year’s U.S. election amounts to a “spiritual war” that threatens the country’s “Christian moral principles.” FEC Chairman James E. “Trey” Trainor III made the remarks during …

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Federal Election Commission Effectively Shuts Down

The Center for Public Integrity reports: Federal Election Commission Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen announced his resignation today. This means the agency that enforces and regulates the nation’s campaign finance laws will effectively shut down — something that hasn’t happened since 2008 — because it won’t have the legal minimum of four commissioners to make high-level decisions. Petersen’s resignation, first reported …

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FEC Chair To Trump: Stop Lying About Voter Fraud

CNN reports: The Democratic chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission on Friday challenged President Donald Trump to provide evidence of the voter fraud he insists cost him New Hampshire in 2016 or quit talking about it. In a letter to Trump, Ellen Weintraub said the country’s democracy depends on “the American people’s faith in our elections. Your voter-fraud allegations run …

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FEC Chair Rebukes Trump On Accepting Foreign Dirt

The Washington Post reports: Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub released a statement Thursday making clear that candidates for public office may not receive help from a foreign government, in what appeared to be a warning to President Trump, who said he would consider taking information about an opponent from another country. Tweeting her statement, Weintraub wrote, “I would not …

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FEC Grapples With “Threatening” Super PAC Names

Politico Influence reports: How vulgar or threatening a name can you give your PAC? That’s a question the Federal Election Commission is grappling with amid an uptick in PACs with overtly threatening names. On Wednesday, someone registered a new PAC with the FEC with a long, sexually explicit name that starts “I pegged Donalt [sic] Trump’s Ugly Old Bitch Ass.” …

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FEC Complaint Accuses NRA Of Illegally Coordinating $25M 2016 Election Spending With Trump Campaign

Bloomberg reports: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may have illegally coordinated with the National Rifle Association in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election, two watchdog groups said in a complaint filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and its political action committee, the NRA Political Victory Fund, placed $25 million worth of television …

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REPORT: Pirro Still Hasn’t Paid 2006 Campaign Debts

The Daily Beast reports: “Judge” Jeanine Pirro is the voice of law and order in President Donald Trump’s cable news echo chamber, making it particularly noteworthy that she has been flouting federal election rules for years. The lawyer-turned-Fox News host mounted an ill-fated run for the U.S. Senate in 2006, when she vied for the Republican nomination to challenge then-Sen. …

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FEC Complaint Says Contractor Kicked Back $500K To Trump PAC After Federal Payment Of Same Amount

Roll Call reports: A politically connected contractor made a $500,000 contribution this spring to a pro-Trump super PAC the day after it received a payment of almost the same amount as part of a Department of Defense contract, a watchdog group said. The Campaign Legal Center flagged that contribution and a $50,000 contribution from another company to a super PAC …

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FEC Dismisses Self-Enrichment Suit Against Trump

Politico reports: The FEC will not investigate President Donald Trump’s political campaign for enriching his businesses after considering a complaint from a liberal watchdog group, which alleged that Trump’s boasting about his hotels and use of his private jets constituted a violation of campaign law. The agency released its decision Friday, two years after the complaint was filed during the …

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FEC Ruling On Legality Of Payment To Stormy Daniels Could Take Year Or Longer Due To Agency Understaffing

NBC News reports: Current and former Federal Election Commission officials tell NBC News it could take a year or longer for the FEC to address the case of whether Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels represents an unreported in-kind, contribution to the Trump campaign. The FEC, which is charged with administering and enforcing …

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Federal Election Commission Launches Probe Into Whether NRA Funneled Russian Donations To Trump

Politico reports: The Federal Election Commission has launched a preliminary investigation into whether Russian entities gave illegal contributions to the National Rifle Association that were intended to benefit the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, according to people who were notified of the probe. The inquiry stems in part from a complaint from a liberal advocacy group, the American …

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FEC Complaints Accuse Trump Of Violating Campaign Finance Laws With Porn Star Hush Money Payoff

Law & Crime reports: Two complaints filed today accuse President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign of violating federal campaign finance laws by not reporting $130,000 in hush money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels. The complaints in question were filed by non-profit and nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause, which was founded in 1970 by Republican John W. Gardner. …

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Suit Alleges Influence Peddling By Private Prison Giant

Law & Crime reports: The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is allegedly turning a blind eye to influence peddling orchestrated by a private prison company which made illegal contributions to a pro-Trump Super PAC. In response, non-partisan public interest watchdog, the Campaign Legal Center (“CLC”) filed a lawsuit against the FEC alleging the agency violated federal law by unlawfully delaying enforcement …

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FEC Complaint Accuses DNC And Clinton Campaign Of Hiding Payments For Fusion GPS Trump-Russia Dossier

Courthouse News Service reports: A nonpartisan group of election law experts on Wednesday accused the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 president campaign of violating federal financial disclosure laws to hide payments for a dossier that alleged connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia. In a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission, the Campaign Legal Center says the …

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Feds To Crack Down On Prank Candidates

USA Today reports: Sorry, Deez Nuts, Left Shark and Toy Testicles. The folks over at the Federal Election Commission are not amused by your claims to be running for the presidency, and this week they announced plans to crack down on the wave of fake candidates filing paperwork with the agency. “The Commission has authorized staff to send verification letters …

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FLORIDA: Democratic Primary Opponent Of Debbie Wasserman Schultz To File Complaint With FEC

The Hill reports: Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Florida primary opponent, Tim Canova, says he’s preparing a legal complaint against the outgoing DNC chair as a result of information revealed in the latest batch of Wikileak emails. “The Wikileaks emails indicate that Debbie Wasserman Schultz used DNC resources to assist her reelection campaign in violation of federal law,” said Tim Canova, a …

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