Center for Public Integrity: Scofflaw politicos ignore federal fines — with few consequences 


Uncooperative political committee leaders, bureaucratic bumbling and flaccid fine enforcement efforts all contribute to election law breakers outrunning penalties during a time when campaign shenanigans — from Russian advertisements to government contractors bankrolling super PACs — are increasingly brazen and sophisticated.  


“People are emboldened because they know the commission isn’t enforcing much,” said David Kolker, the FEC’s former chief of litigation and current attorney at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. 

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