What We Know About Louis DeJoy’s Campaign Finance Scandal

New York Magazine

Former FEC lawyer Adav Noti told Phillips that, “With the facts presented, it’s a run-of-the-mill but very illegal corporate straw donor scheme.” It can be difficult to know whether an employee was solicited or forced to donate. The former is legal in some cases and unethical in others; the latter is illegal. The FEC has narrowed its definition of coercion over the years, making it even harder to pin that down, said Melanie Sloan with the government watchdog group American Oversight. There is more leniency in the law for senior executives to be cajoled into giving, said Noti of the Campaign Legal Center. The law is stricter for rank-and-file employees.

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