BuzzFeed: Trump Allies Are Profiting From Multiple Trump Groups, Testing Campaign Finance Laws
Two firms led by Brad Parscale, formerly the Trump campaign's digital director, made at least $5.1 million from Trump's reelection campaign, the Republican National Committee, and a pro-Trump super PAC called America First Action last year. Parscale himself also earned an additional $15,000 from the reelection campaign in January of 2017. The super PAC, which filed its latest fundraising reports with the FEC Wednesday, shows nearly $140,000 in payments to Parscale Strategy in the second half of the year — the first filing that shows any payments from an outside group to a Parscale firm while it was also working for the campaign and RNC. The super PAC also has an affiliated nonprofit, America First Policies, governed by less transparent rules. Parscale cofounded that organization.
“This is potentially problematic,” said Larry Noble, a campaign finance lawyer and general counsel for Campaign Legal Center. “My guess is that they are assuming that the FEC will not go for it, and if it does, they will make some legal argument that the three Republican commissioners will accept.”