FEC Dysfunction Now Threatens Democracy

The American Prospect

But none of that prevents the FEC from taking civil action, argue three watchdog groups in a complaint to the FEC this week. Filed by Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center, and Democracy 21, the complaint calls on the FEC to enforce the foreign money ban. This week’s complaint supplements an earlier, 2017 complaint that accused the Trump campaign of illegally soliciting contributions in the form of opposition research from foreign nationals. The high bar set for criminal indictment—of a “knowing and willful” violation—does not apply to the FEC in exercising its civil enforcement authority, the complaint notes.

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