Watchdog group files complaint against Trump campaign over lack of transparency in spending


A nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission accusing President Donald Trump’s campaign of "laundering" tens of millions of dollars in donations through several companies, some connected to former campaign manager Brad Parscale. The Campaign Legal Center in a complaint alleges that the Trump campaign and an authorized joint financing committee broke the law by sending close to $170 million to firms without disclosing their specific expenditures to the public. The Campaign Legal Center is accusing the campaign, Parscale and several Trump campaign lawyers of passing money through these companies in an effort to conceal the details of their spending and where the funds were ultimately directed. "Voters have a right to know how campaigns are spending money to influence elections," said Campaign Legal Center founder and President Trevor Potter, a former Republican chair of the FEC. "This scheme flies in the face of transparency requirements mandated by federal law, and it leaves voters and donors in the dark about where the campaign's funds are actually going."

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