ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP AND HIS CAMPAIGN

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

This complaint will show that Mr. Trump has used his presidential campaign to support his business interests including promoting Trump-Brand products and Trump properties during campaign events, using a campaign event to attack the Judge presiding over Mr. Trump’s Trump University Case, and may be using his campaign to personally enrich himself and his family. Mr. Trump is using funds from his presidential campaign to further his business and personal interests in clear violation of FEC law.

The complaint is available below and in full with 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.

 

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP AND DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT

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

Last week, members of the Scottish National Party’s U.K. parliamentary delegation received “multiple e-mails from Trump’s campaign, soliciting donations for his presidential bid.” Reports also indicate that British members of Parliament recently received solicitation e-mails from the Trump campaign, along with parliamentarians from Iceland, Australia, Denmark and Finland. Several of these e-mails explicitly state that they are “fundraising” e-mails from Mr. Trump, “sent on behalf of my campaign.” Other e-mails overtly ask for contributions through language such as “please chip in today” and “donate right now.” By knowingly soliciting campaign contributions from foreign nationals, Mr. Trump and his campaign are in violation of FEC law.

 

The complaint is available below and in full […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST THE DONALD J. TRUMP FOUNDATION AND MR. DONALD J. TRUMP

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against The Donald J. Trump Foundation and Mr. Donald J. Trump, President, for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation is a tax-exempt private foundation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which disallows organizations from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

In clear violation of the law prohibiting section 501(c)(3) organizations from participating in or intervening in political campaigns in any way, the Foundation has recently positioned itself at the center of the presidential campaign of Mr. Donald J. Trump, its president. The Foundation has featured prominently in both Mr. Trump’s remarks and in news coverage focused specifically on Mr. Trump’s campaign. Mr. Trump, the Foundation president, deliberately thrust the Foundation into his campaign by making it a pivotal topic […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST AMERICAN ACTION NETWORK

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against American Action Network, Inc.; Senator Norm Coleman, in his official capacity as Chairman; and Caleb Crosby, in his official capacity as Treasurer for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and FEC regulations.

The American Action Network, Inc. provided false information on its 24-hour independent expenditure report to the FEC on June 4, 2016. In advance of the California Primary Election held on June 7, 2016, registered Democrats received phone calls from AAN asking if AAN could count on their support for Democrat Helene Schneider’s candidacy in the 24th Congressional District of California. But AAN’s 24-hour independent expenditure report disclosed a $25,000 expenditure for the purpose of making phone calls in opposition to Schneider’s candidacy.

Federal law requires that filings of this nature must disclose “whether the independent expenditure is in support of, […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST ALAN GRAYSON AND COMMITTEE TO ELECT ALAN GRAYSON

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Representative Alan Grayson, Committee to Elect Alan Grayson, and Dustin Andersen, Treasurer, for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Recent news reports, statements made by Mr. Grayson and his staff, and his campaign’s own reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) indicate that Mr. Grayson may have fraudulently been using one of his outside hedge fund entities to illegally pay a member of his campaign staff for political work off the books. One of the Grayson campaign’s senior staff members had his campaign salary cut by roughly $1,000 around the same time he has admitted being paid the exact same amount by one of Mr. Grayson’s hedge fund entities, even though Mr. Grayson has said that the hedge fund was engaged in no activity at the time. The FEC should immediately open a […]

ADLF CALLS FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO CHUCK GRASSLEY

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the U.S. Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley violated Senate ethics rules by supporting the leaking of information from an active FBI investigation.

Sen. Grassley is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in that capacity he is tasked with the critical role of oversight of the Department of Justice and the FBI. Thus, Sen. Grassley has a responsibility to ensure that those law enforcement agencies follow fair, nonpartisan investigatory practices and procedures. However, in spite of his Judiciary Committee chairmanship, Sen. Grassley has openly speculated that the FBI will bias their investigation into Secretary Clinton’s email arrangement by disregarding investigatory protocol.

It is undeniable that Sen. Grassley’s acceptance on multiple occasions of potential leaks from an FBI investigation is improper partisan conduct for the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to engage.  […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST REP. PAUL RYAN

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Representative Paul Ryan, Congressional Leadership Fund, and Caleb Crosby, its treasurer for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Rep. Ryan, a federal officeholder and candidate, is controlling an independent expenditure-only committee by hand-selecting and personally offering Mason Fink a leadership role with Congressional Leadership Fund, in direct violation of federal law. At the same time, Congressional Leadership Fund, an independent expenditure-only committee, has violated the Act by soliciting, receiving, and spending soft money.

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

 

BEFORE THE

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

 

American Democracy Legal Fund

455 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

 

Complainant,

v.

Representative Paul Ryan

P.O. Box 771

Janesville, WI 53547

 

Congressional Leadership Fund and […]

ADLF FILES CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice to investigate whether Donald Trump violated federal law by offering Dr. Ben Carson an appointment to his administration in return for supporting his candidacy.

It has recently come to light that Mr. Donald Trump may have willfully offered Dr. Ben Carson an appointment to his administration should he become president in return for supporting his candidacy. Federal law prohibits a candidate from directly or indirectly promising the appointment of any person to any public or private position in exchange for his or her support.  Dr. Carson’s comments indicate that Mr. Trump used the promise of a role in his administration to secure Dr. Carson’s support for his presidential campaign.

The complaint is available below and in full with exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It was […]

ADLF CALLS FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO SEN. KELLY AYOTTE

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) violated Senate rules by using the “@KellyAyotte” Twitter account for both official and campaign purposes.

By posting both official and campaign content on the “@KellyAyotte” Twitter account, Senator Ayotte has clearly mislead the public about whether her Twitter communications are coming from her official Senate office or from her campaign. This is a clear violation of the Rules and warrants an immediate investigation into Sen. Ayotte’s conduct.

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

 

American Democracy Legal Fund

455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001

 

March 22, 2016

 

Deborah Sue Mayer

Chief Counsel and Staff Director

U.S. Senate Select […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST BERNIE SANDERS AND HIS TREASURER

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bernie 2016 and Susan Jackson its Treasurer, in her official capacity, for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and his campaign have violated the Act and Commission regulations by failing to include the required disclaimer on a public communication soliciting political contributions. Following the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the Sanders campaign purchased a “sponsored” advertisement on Facebook promoting Senator Sanders’s win and encouraging Facebook users to donate to his campaign. However, this advertisement did not contain any visible political disclaimer disclosing who paid for or authorized the communication.

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

  

BEFORE […]

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