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CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about a top donor to a pro-Trump super PAC after discovering evidence that a Russian-speaking Ukrainian businessman named Igor Fruman and a Russian-born businessman named Lev Parnas may have created Global Energy Producers, LLC as a shell corporation for the purpose of anonymously funneling six figures to the super PAC.
On June 20, 2019, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a supplement to its original FEC complaint after additional facts came to light.
On October 9, 2019, Fruman and Parnas were arrested on criminal campaign finance charges, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York filed an indictment that stemmed from CLC's complaint.
Two Soviet-born donors to a pro-Trump fundraising committee who helped Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to investigate Joe Biden were arrested late Wednesday on criminal charges of violating campaign finance rules.