Collins Challenger Used PAC to Reimburse Own Contributions

Washington Free Beacon

Erin Choplak, who led the Federal Election Commission's policy division until 2018, noted that the Gideon PAC's acceptance of direct contributions from corporations further complicates things. "Separate and apart from the potential violations of the straw donor ban is the use of corporate money to effectively contribute to federal candidates," saidChoplak, who is now director of campaign finance strategy at the Campaign Legal Center. Among the many donors to Gideon Leadership PAC while she was using it to reimburse her individual contributions were corporate giants such as Walmart, Verizon, Time Warner, AT&T, Astrazeneca, PhRMA, Merck, Anheuser Busch, Visa, Comcast, and Aetna.

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