A bombshell report that came out Tuesday regarding Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Convention being the primary financiers of the “Trump-Russia” dossier has sparked the filing of a FEC Complaint. On Wednesday a non-partisan group, The Campaign Legal Center, filed a complaint with the FEC stating that Hillary Clinton for America along with the DNC broke campaign finance laws.
The complaint alleges that campaign finance laws were broken by the Hillary Clinton for America campaign and the DNC because they chose not to “accurately disclose payments related to the so-called Trump Dossier.”
Law Newz was able to obtain a copy of the complaint filed with the FEC on behalf of The Campaign Legal Center. The complaint was filed by Adav Noti, a former Associate General Counsel to the FEC, whose job was to oversee matters that required an interpretation of campaign finance laws:
- This complaint is filed pursuant to 52 U.S.C. § 30109(a)(1) and is based on information providing reason to believe that the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”)(C00010603) and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign committee Hillary for America (C00575795) have failed to file accurate reports, in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (“FECA”), 52 U.S.C. § 30101, et seq., and Commission regulations.
- Specifically, the DNC and Hillary for American reported dozens of payments totaling millions of dollars to the law firm Perkins Coie with the purpose described as “Legal Services” or “Legal and Compliance Consulting,” when in reality, at least some of those payments were earmarked for the firm Fusion GPS, with the purpose of conducting opposition research on Donald Trump. By failing to file accurate reports, the DNC and Hillary for America undermined the vital public information role that reporting is intended to serve.
- “If the Commission, upon receiving a complaint . . . has reason to believe that a person has committed, or is about to commit, a violation of [FECA] . . . [t]he Commission shall make an investigation of such alleged violation. . . .” 52 U.S.C. § 30109(a)(2) (emphasis added); see also 11 C.F.R. § 111.4(a) (emphasis added).
Should the allegations made within the complaint be proven accurate, both the Hillary for America campaign and the DNC will face stiff fines and penalties. In the event the FEC concludes that these efforts were made with the intention of misleading the American public, the fines will be increased.