CLC Alleges Straw Donor Scheme Funneled $1 Million to Pro-Christie Super PAC

On August 10, 2023, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that unknown persons used an obscure Texas entity called SHBT, LLC (SHBT) to funnel a $1 million contribution to a super PAC, Tell It Like It Is PAC (Tell PAC), which is backing the 2024 presidential campaign of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Between the LLC’s formation and the date of the contribution, SHBT’s only known function was to purchase and hold seven undeveloped real estate properties collectively valued at just $7,002. As such, the complaint alleges there is reason to believe that SHBT was not the true source of this million-dollar contribution to Tell PAC, and that other, unknown persons unlawfully provided funds to SHBT for it to make a contribution in its name to Tell PAC, thus concealing the true contributors’ identities.