Manafort-linked PAC failed to report $1 million and the FEC wants to know why
A super PAC closely linked to Paul Manafort is facing FEC scrutiny over why it failed to report a $1 million contribution received just before the 2016 presidential election.
In a Tuesday letter, the Federal Election Commission asked the Rebuilding America Now PAC for more information about the contribution, which the PAC first disclosed in an amended report in November 2018—some two years after the fact.
The FEC letter raises new questions about the murky financial operations of the PAC, which was operated by two Manafort deputies. Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating whether Rebuilding America Now illegally received foreign funds and was connected to a scheme that Manafort allegedly lied about while purportedly cooperating with Mueller.
“This is a huge amendment after a huge time gap,” said campaign finance expert Brendan Fischer, who now works with Noble at the Campaign Legal Center. “I have no idea how a super PAC misplaces a $1 million check, and doesn’t find it until two years later.”