Excerpts from ADLF Press Call About Call for Investigation into FBI for Violation of Hatch Act

Washington, D.C.–Today, the American Legal Democracy Fund filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel calling for an investigation and prosecution of FBI personnel involved in the latest round of leaks intended to influence the outcome of the election. Earlier today, ADLF President Brad Woodhouse and Counsel Ezra Reese held a press call about the complaint. Below are excerpts.

From Brad Woodhouse, President of American Democracy Legal Fund:

“There is perhaps, in my view, no more serious violation of the Hatch Act than those committed by federal law enforcement personnel to influence a presidential election. These people are the very people entrusted with carrying out the laws of the land in the first place… We’re calling for an immediate and broad investigation into the leaks, particularly in light of some of the more damaging leaks that have proved to be grossly inaccurate, such as  the […]

ADLF Files Complaint Calling for Investigation into FBI for Violation of Hatch Act

Calls on Office of Special Counsel to Investigate FBI Leaks Intended to Influence the Outcome of the Election

Washington, D.C.–Today, the American Legal Democracy Fund filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel calling for an investigation and prosecution of FBI personnel involved in the latest round of leaks intended to influence the outcome of the election. These leaks are clear violations of the Hatch Act, which was put in place to ensure that employees of the executive branch don’t use their time or taxpayer resources to participate in or influence elections.

Following FBI Director James Comey’s irresponsible decision to release the unprecedented letter to Members of Congress last Friday, the leaks coming from the FBI are wreaking havoc on the election itself and the confidence the American people have in the federal government to act responsibly, fairly and impartially.

Given these glaring violations […]

ADLF FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST SEN. RON JOHNSON

The American Democracy Legal Fund is filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the campaign of Sen. Ron Johnson.

The Johnson campaign failed to comply with the FEC’s disclaimer requirements for a television advertisement that they have approved and sponsored. Specifically, the complaint refers to a television ad titled “In It For Himself” in support of his reelection to the Senate. The ad has the following written disclaimer at the end of the ad, as required by FEC regulations.

The complaint is available below and with full exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It is run by Brad Woodhouse.

BEFORE THE

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

American Democracy Legal Fund455 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20001

Complainant,

v.

Ron Johnson for Senate, Inc.

219 E. Washington Ave, Suite 101

Oshkosh, WI 54901

ADLF FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST GREAT AMERICA PAC

The American Democracy Legal Fund is filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the pro-Trump super PAC, Great America PAC, for violating FEC regulations.

The pro-Trump super PAC, Great America PAC, illegally solicited contributions from a foreign national, knowingly and willfully. Additionally, there were attempts to obscure the source of the funds through a 501c4 organization. In a previous matter, the Commission found reason to believe that a campaign committee and its treasurer knowingly and willfully violated 11 C.F.R. 110.20 by participating in a nearly identical scheme. Accordingly, we request that the Commission do the same in this instance and immediately investigate these clear violations of law.

The complaint is available below and with full exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It is run by Brad Woodhouse.

BEFORE THE

ADLF FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST SEN. JEFF SESSIONS

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against Senator Jeff Sessions.

Senator Sessions made baseless and irresponsible allegations that the 2016 presidential election is rigged, perpetuating unsubstantiated claims that threaten the stability of our election process and the safety of voters on Election Day. Such comments and behavior not only reflect negatively upon the Senate, but attempt to discredit our entire democratic system. Accordingly, we respectfully request that the Committee investigate these claims and take appropriate remedial action against the Senator for improper conduct that is “contrary to accepted morals [and] derogates from the public trust expected of a Senator.”

The complaint is available below and with full exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It is run by Brad Woodhouse.

 

October 24, 2016

Chairman Johnny Isakson

Senate […]

ADLF FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST SEN. ROY BLUNT

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.

Senator Blunt has violated Senate rules by improperly exercising his official influence to further his wife’s lobbying positions, thus furthering his own personal pecuniary interests through official action. News reports also indicate that Senator Blunt has taken significant contributions from the trucking industry in apparent exchange for legislative assistance. Such behavior reflects negatively upon the Senate and violates existing rules governing ethics and conflicts of interest. Accordingly, we respectfully request that the Committee investigate whether such violations have occurred, and take appropriate remedial action against the Senator for these clear violations.

The complaint is available below and with full exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It is run by Brad Woodhouse.

 

October 13, […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST REP. TODD YOUNG FOR USING FRANKED MAIL FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards for violating the law prohibiting use of franked mail for political purposes.

Rep. Todd Young has used the franking privilege to send franked mail that contained political content. Rep. Young has been criticized by Indiana editorial boards for excessive use of Franking privileges, funded by taxpayers for sending out thousands of pieces of unsolicited mail with an undeniable political objective. Rep. Young’s office paid Franking Sense LLC for services with respect to franked mail, a company whose goal is making Republican congressmen “look good to their constituents.” The facts indicate that Rep. Young has used these mass mailings to reinforce and echo his campaign pledges, promises, and political positions on a variety of subjects.

The complaint is available below and here and full exhibits are here. The […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINTS AGAINST TRUMP FOR USING HIS CAMPAIGN TO FURTHER HIS OWN BUSINESS AND PERSONAL INTERESTS

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed two complaints with the Federal Election Commission against Donald Trump and his campaign for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. Both complaints lay out that Trump is using his own presidential campaign to further his own business and personal interests.

The first complaint highlights the events on Friday, September 16 at Donald Trump’s new DC hotel, where he held a campaign event under his campaign’s logo. He opened the event by calling attention to the “nice hotel,” eventually calling it one of the best hotels in the world. Mr. Trump then “ceded the stage to a parade of decorated military veterans who testified to his toughness, his judgement and his temperament,” before asking “photographers and video cameras to accompany him on a tour of his newly-opened Trump International Hotel.” Essentially, Mr. Trump baited “the entire media into attending the opening […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST SEAN HANNITY FOR POTENTIAL ILLEGAL COORDINATION AND IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN

ADLF HIGHLIGHTS FLIGHT FOR GINGRICH, PROMOTIONAL TV EXPOSURE, AND SERVING IN AN ADVISORY ROLE

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Donald Trump, Donald J. Trump for President, Sean Hannity and Twenty-First Century Fox for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

During this election cycle, Mr. Hannity has used his eponymous prime-time cable show “to blare Mr. Trump’s message relentlessly—giving Mr. Trump the kind of promotional television exposure even a billionaire can’t afford for long.” But that’s only the beginning.

The Trump campaign also received an in-kind contribution from Sean Hannity in excess of federal contribution limits in the form of a flight for Newt Gingrich to meet Donald Trump while he was a prospective Vice Presidential candidate–a flight the Trump campaign has not reimbursed.

Additionally, Mr. Hannity may be using Fox News Channel resources to offer the Trump campaign “suggestions […]

ADLF FILES SUPPLEMENTAL COMPLAINT AGAINST TRUMP CAMPAIGN FOR ILLEGAL FOREIGN SOLICITATIONS

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Donald Trump; and Donald J. Trump for President and Timothy Jost, Treasurer, in his official capacity, for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

This complaint is a supplement to an initial complaint filed by ADLF on June 30th. Recent news reports provide additional support for the claim made in the June Complaint: that the Trump campaign has violated FEC regulations by knowingly soliciting campaign contributions from foreign nationals. But despite notice of the June Complaint along with public admonishment for the previous solicitation e-mails they sent to foreign nationals, the Trump campaign has persisted in e-mailing foreign parliamentarians to solicit campaign contributions.

Specifically, MPs from the United Kingdom and Australia reported receiving solicitation e-mails from the Trump campaign as recently as July 12. Terri Butler, an Australian MP, reported […]

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