Government Executive: Legal Group Seeks Probe of FEC Commissioner for Trump Tweet
Brendan Fischer, associate counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, said the demand for an IG probe “strikes me as a stretch since the underlying regulations are aimed at prohibiting the use of official resources for some sort of private benefit, financial or other.” The examples in the rule include an “official having a secretary type personal correspondence that has nothing to do with official business,” he noted.
“More importantly, allegations of voter fraud potentially can fall under the FEC,” Fischer added. “Trump said people were being bussed in. Paying for buses then could well be an expenditure and likely should be reported to the FEC as an in-kind contribution.” If fraud was happening “on as massive a scale as Trump alleged, somebody is likely paying for it,” he added.