FEC Complaint Alleges Illegal Straw Donor Made $150,000 Contribution to Pro-Susan Collins PAC

Law and Crime

A campaign finance watchdog group on Monday filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) claiming that an obscure Hawaiian company made an illegal six-figure straw donation to a political action committee (PAC) aimed at helping embattled Republican Sen. Susan Collins win re-election in Maine. According to the FEC complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), the Society of Young Women Scientist and Engineers (SYWSE) is a limited liability company which filed its articles of incorporation using a Hawaii P.O. box mailing address in late November and appears to exist solely for the purpose of making political contributions to a pro-Collins PAC in an effort to avoid reporting requirements.

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