FEC tosses illegal donation case against private prison firm

The Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog group, alleged the donation violated laws barring government contractors from donating to federal political groups. Under federal law, contractors themselves cannot donate, but sister companies that do not receive federal contracts aren't bound by the prohibition.  "It is not credible to claim that GCH is a separate company," FEC chair Shana Broussard and commissioner Ellen Weintraub wrote in a statement on the case.

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