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The Federal Election Commission reportedly fined Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee over complaints that they violated federal law by misrepresenting spending to law firm Perkins Coie, which then hired research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt. about then-candidate Donald Trump.
The Coolidge Reagan Foundation released a letter allegedly from the FEC in response to the foundation’s complaint against Hillary for America and the DNC. The Washington Examiner first reported on the memo.
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“After conducting an investigation into this matter, the Commission has found probable reasons to believe that the DNC Services Corp./Democratic National Committee and Virginia McGregor in her official capacity as Treasurer (the “DNC”) 52 USC have violated § 30104(b)() 5)(A) and (b)(6)(B)(v) and 11 CFR§ 104.3(b)(3)(i),” the memo reads. “The Commission has further found probable grounds to believe that Hillary for America and Elizabeth Jones, in her official capacity as Treasurer (“HFA”), 52 USC§ 30104(b)(5)(A) and 11 CFR § 104.3(b) )() have violated. 4)(I).”
The alleged violations involve a federal statute and FEC regulations that require recipients to disclose spending over $200, as well as the date, amount, and purpose of the spending. They were charged with disguising money spent on opposition research as legal costs.
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The memo states that on February 17 of this year, the DNC and Clinton campaign signed mediation agreements, in which they admitted no wrongdoing and maintained the position that the money spent on hiring Perkins Coie was intended for legal fees, but agreed. the findings with a probable reason to resolve the matter.
As part of the agreements, the DNC agreed to pay a $105,000 civil fine, and the Clinton campaign agreed to pay $8,000.
Asked by Fox News to confirm that the FEC sent the memo, a representative of the commission said, “FEC officials are not authorized to comment on enforcement cases.” The representative added that the FEC has 30 days to notify the parties to make documents public. This is in line with the memo, which states that documents “related to the case” will be made public within 30 days.
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Fox News contacted the DNC for comment, but they did not immediately respond.
Fusion GPS’s investigation ultimately included the infamous Trump dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele. The dossier was used to justify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early stages of the FBI’s Russia investigation, despite going unverified.