Watchdog Wants FEC to Investigate Trump 2016 Fundraising

Courthouse News Service

A campaign watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday claiming President Donald Trump, his 2016 presidential campaign and the nonprofit Trump Foundation may have committed numerous campaign finance law violations.

Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement shortly after the complaint was filed that this kind of exchange, taking money in through one channel and spending it on the campaign, counts as “soft money” and violates standard campaign donation limits of $2,700 per individual, per candidate.

“Trump and his campaign misused charitable resources to unlawfully influence his 2016 election,” Fischer said. “Candidates can raise money for charity, they just can’t do it in connection with an election. The FEC should enforce the soft money ban.”

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