The FEC has penalized Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential team and the DNC for lying in reports about their financial support of the since-discredited Steele Dossier, according to a new memo.
The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation filed a formal complaint with the elections commission in 2018, asking that the Clinton campaign and the DNC be penalized for numerous violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act owing to their financing of the dossier, which was utilized to investigate candidate Donald Trump but later revealed to be fraudulent.
Following a review, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) agreed with the allegations, according to a notice sent this week. The Washington Examiner was the first to report on the story.
According to the memo, the Commission discovered evidence of probable cause that the DNC Services Corp./DNC and Virginia McGregor in her official role as treasurer broke [11 Code of Federal Regulations 104.3] and [52 U.S. Code § 30104].
“The Commission also determined probable cause to think that Hillary for America along with Elizabeth Jones in her official role as treasurer violated [11 Code of Federal Regulations 104.3] and [52 U.S. Code § 30104],” it went on.
The allegations concerned a number of provisions in federal law relating to reporting laws. In response to the infractions, the FEC fined the Clinton’s and DNC’s treasurer $8,000 and $105,000, respectively.
On Feb. 17, the FEC received the signed conciliation agreements from the Clinton campaign and the DNC , according to the document.
The infamous document, which was once utilized to start the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, has been the subject of a great deal of attention since President Trump’s election victory.
The scandalous document, which was revealed to contain fabrications, was subjected to a thorough examination for its questionable sources — which proved to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC.
The FEC’s official complaint discusses the campaign and the DNC’s breach of legal reporting standards when they claimed a total payment of $1,024,407 to legal firm Perkins Coie LLP for Fusion GPS’ information on the dossier was for legal reasons rather than opposition research.
Both political bodies claimed that the payments were made to the legal firm, which then paid for the opposing research. The FEC, however, discovered the logic unconvincing and ruled that the law had obviously been violated.
In the coming month, court documents on the case are anticipated to be released.