Trump Campaign Shell Corporation Funneled $617 Million, According to Reporting Based on CLC Complaint

Donald Trump with his arm over Kared Kushner's standing among a group of people
President Donald Trump speaks with Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner following an event in Osaka, Japan. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Earlier this year, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the Trump Campaign laundered $170 million in spending to conceal payments to people close to the Trump family and campaign.

To conceal the campaign’s transactions to vendors, American Made Media Consultants LLC (AMMC), was used as a pass-through for payments that were directed to friendly political consulting firms, the president’s family members, or people who did not register the payments with the FEC.

By failing to report payments to the campaign’s true vendors and employees, the Trump campaign and Trump Make America Great Again Committee violated federal law’s transparency requirements and undermined the vital public information role that reporting is intended to serve.

Voters have a clear right under the law to know how campaigns are spending money to influence elections.

Now, through investigative journalism, we know that Trump son-in-law and presidential advisor Jared Kushner approved the creation of AMMC and spent almost half of the campaign’s $1.26 billion war chest.

When the shell company was established in April 2018, Lara Trump, Vice President Mike Pence’s nephew John Pence, and Trump Campaign CFO Sean Dollman were listed as board members at the direction of Kushner.

The FEC is the only government agency whose sole responsibility is overseeing the integrity of our political campaigns. The agency must investigate and hold all parties accountable for their blatant disregard of campaign finance laws.

Tracy handles media relations for the CLC campaign finance and ethics teams and creates online content.
How the Trump Campaign Hid $170 Million in Spending