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 […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP, PAUL MANAFORT FOR ILLEGAL SOLICITATION

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

On July 15, 2016, Paul Manafort, Campaign Chairman of Donald J. Trump for President, appeared on Fox and Friends for an interview.  Responding to a question about an RNC donation request from Sheldon Adelson, Manafort said, “I have no idea.  I’m not the RNC.  I’d like to have him bail out — write a check for the Trump campaign for that amount of money if he could.”

Just five days later, Mr. Manafort called into a meeting of contributors for the new pro-Trump super PAC, Rebuilding America Now.  During the meeting, Mr. Manafort expressed, “there’s no better way to help elect Donald Trump than to support [the] […]

ADLF REQUESTS INVESTIGATION OF DONALD J. TRUMP

The American Democracy Legal Fund has requested that the Office of Government Ethics refer Donald J. Trump to the Department of Justice for investigation for filing an inaccurate personal financial disclosure form with the Federal Election Commission in violation of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

Mr. Trump reported income of nearly $5 million and over $20 million on his 2015 and 2016 personal financial disclosures stemming from the Trump-owned parent companies of Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland and Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire, Scotland. At the same time, Mr. Trump reported losses on these investments for this timeframe on his United Kingdom Companies House official accounts. Companies House is a U.K. government agency with a mandate to “register[s] the information companies are legally required to supply, and make[] that information available to the public.” The property values Mr. Trump reported on his personal financial disclosures for […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST AMERICANS FOR LIBERTY AND FREE ENTERPRISE AND DONALD J. TRUMP

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Americans for Liberty and Free Enterprise PAC and its Treasurer, Gary F. Fox II, Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump for President and its treasurer, Timothy Jost, for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Americans for Liberty and Free Enterprise PAC (ALFE) is an independent expenditure-only committee or Super PAC supporting or opposing more than one federal candidate. ALFE failed to file a year-end report.  ALFE also recently failed to file its April Quarterly Report.  On July 6, 2016, ALFE sponsored a Trump for President campaign unity rally that included speeches from Juli Haller, a Trump for President campaign staffer.

It is clear that Respondents are engaging in impermissible contributions and coordination.  Federal law treats expenditures by a non-party, non-candidate sponsor that are coordinated with a campaign as in-kind contributions to the […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD J. TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE DONALD J. TRUMP FOUNDATION

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against Mr. Donald J. Trump, President of The Donald J. Trump Foundation for violating IRS code.

In clear violation of the law prohibiting private foundation managers from sanctioning self-dealing, Mr. Donald J. Trump, president of the Foundation and unmistakably a “disqualified person”, engaged in self-dealing with the Foundation when he used Foundation assets to “furnish goods” for himself. Specifically, Mr. Trump purchased a football helmet for himself at a charity auction in 2012. Thus, Mr. Trump erred not only in allowing the foundation to engage in self-dealing, but was himself the self-dealer in the transaction.

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.

 

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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, […]

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