An All-American Campaign Finance Scandal

The New Republic

It’s tempting to think that Thursday’s indictment shows that the current campaign-finance system functions as it should. But the path to their current legal woes doesn’t inspire confidence. It’s unclear whether federal prosecutors would have uncovered the scheme if not for outside scrutiny. Markay, the Daily Beast reporter, first noticed Global Energy Producers, one of the vehicles for their donations, last summer on FEC reports and dug deeper into its background. The Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog group, also filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission about Parnas and Fruman in July 2018.

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