The Washington Post: The FEC just made it easier for super PAC donors to hide their identities


Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, said Conard appeared to have violated a federal law that prohibits an individual or entity from making a donation in the name of another entity.

"The FEC was not able to muster four votes to even open an investigation," he said. "It took them almost five years to get to it, and then they deadlocked."

The Campaign Legal Center is now considering suing the FEC over the case, Ryan said, noting that the Supreme Court endorsed the robust disclosure of donors in its 2010 Citizens United decision, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums on independent political activities.

"We’ve seen an increase in contributions from LLCs and other business entities to super PACs, with no disclosure of the human or humans behind these contributions," Ryan said. "Unless the FEC is reconstituted with commissioners willing to do their job, straw donors will continue to get away with laundering their money into federal elections."

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