Campaign spending watchdog says 3M donated illegally

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

In a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, the Campaign Legal Center says a 3M donation of $50,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund was in violation of an election rule that prohibits government contractors from giving to “political committees while negotiating or performing federal contracts.” 3M’s website lists at least eight federal contracts supplying the government with everything from cleaning solvents to dental supplies. The Campaign Legal Center’s complaint notes 3M began a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Oct. 23, 2018.

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