The FEC has been sued by the government’s watchdog groups in federal court for failing to investigate allegations of the Trump campaign’s coordination with Russia.
Watchdogs sue FEC for failing to investigate Trump / Russia coordination
The groups Free Speech For People and Campaign for Accountability announced federal lawsuit in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
Non-partisan, non-profit organizations Free Speech For People and Campaign for Accountability today filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC) in the U.S. District Court in DC. -old complaint regarding the Russian government’s political spending in the 2016 election and coordination with former President Trump’s campaign.
In December 2016, Free Speech For People and Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC) against the Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. The 2016 administrative complaint alleges that the Russian government paid for computer hacks, social media posts and political advertisements to influence the 2016 election and that the Trump campaign was involved in “coordination” with the Russian government.
“Coordination” is a specific legal standard under the Federal Election Campaign Act and the FRC’s regulations, which does not require an agreement between the parties. The investigation that the FRC was asked to conduct would therefore differ from the Mueller investigation, which focused on “conspiracy” and the greater burden of criminal offenses. The organizations argue that the FRC’s nearly five-year delay in acting on their initial complaint was against the law and deprived the plaintiffs and the American public of essential information regarding campaign funding in 2016 and possible use of online platforms around our democracy. corrupt information that was not revealed by the Mueller investigation or other investigations of the 2020 election.
The groups want the FEC to investigate Trump and Russia
The groups want answers to questions such as, how much did Russia spend? To whom did they make payments? When were the payments made? How much of this activity was coordinated with the Trump campaign?
The Trump / Russia coordination remains a bit of a modern history black hole, and the only way to prevent another foreign government from interfering to install their own president is to find out how Trump and Russia coordinated in 2016.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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