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Friday, February 23, 2018

Watchdog Groups: Rick Santorum Illegally Directed Campaign Funds

Watchdog Groups: Rick Santorum Illegally Directed Campaign Funds

Former senator and 2008 presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA) illegally directed a $1 million donation to his presidential campaign SuperPAC, according to two watchdog groups who have filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission.

At a private dinner in January 2012, Louisiana businessman Bill Doré told Santorum he wished to donate $1 million to the candidate’s campaign. There was one problem: A million-dollar donation far exceeds the amount a single donor can contribute to a presidential campaign. So, according to The Sunlight Foundation Report, Santorum suggested Doré donate the money to the Red, White, and Blue Fund, the SuperPAC formed to support Santorum’s presidential bid. The suggestion has now given rise to a host of new problems for Santorum, because the donation may have been made under illegal pretenses.

Doré, who has a history of non-partisan political contributions, decided to financially back Santorum in the 2012 presidential race, but wanted to meet him in person before he donated money. Santorum and Doré met for dinner in Miami in January 2012, one day before Doré made the $1 million donation to the Red, White, and Blue Fund.

In an interview with The Sunlight Foundation Report, Doré said when he told Santorum about his desire to contribute, Santorum “told him about the existence of Red, White, and Blue Fund.” After being pressed by reporters about his conversation with Santorum, Doré walked back his statements. “I don’t want to get him in any sort of problem,” Doré said. “I would not want to compromise his future.”

Doré then said Santorum urged him to donate the money to the Republican Party, not to Santorum’s SuperPAC. After the reporter noted that a donation to the party would be capped at $30,000, Doré admitted he was indeed told about the SuperPAC.

In a follow-up interview Doré further recanted. “After reflecting on that comment, I said to myself: Did he actually tell me that?” Doré told The Sunlight Foundation Report. “I don’t think he did.” He then claimed it was Santorum “aides,” not the former senator, who mentioned the SuperPAC.

But, according to a formal complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, the mention of the SuperPAC is illegal, even if it was done by a Santorum aide. In the complaint, the watchdog groups argue the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) provides that a “candidate” or an “agent of a candidate” shall not “solicit, receive, direct, transfer, or spend funds in connection with an election for Federal office…unless the funds are subject to the limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements of this Act.”

FECA defines “directing funds” as, to “guide…a person who has expressed an intent to make a contribution…by identifying a candidate, political committee or organization, for the receipt of such funds.” The complaint calls for an immediate investigation by the Federal Election Commission and for the Commission to impose “appropriate sanctions for any and all violations.”

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14 Responses to Watchdog Groups: Rick Santorum Illegally Directed Campaign Funds

  1. There better be a real investigation and not some whitewash. I have a sneaking suspicion that it will be the 2 watchdog groups that will come under scrutiny and made to look like they are liberally biased just like everything else that isn’t slanted towards the right-wing.

  2. Thanks to the NM for pointing out another reason our entire election process needs reform: Guidelines so badly written they can hardly be followed to the letter, let alone understood. There is only one good reason for nonsense guidelines–no legal restrictions whatsoever. The role of money in our elections has become a free-for-all if you are part of the top 1%. For everyone else, the cost of running for office is prohibitive–even the newly imposed cost for casting a vote. What is going on anyway with the president’s commission for improving elections nationwide? How soon can Citizens United be overturned? How soon can the Congress please fix the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court just tried to devastate? How many groups and how many attorneys from the Justice Department can we please put on the case to challenge the legality of all of the voter suppression acts being passed using the ALEC template? How many more outrages will it take for Democrats to go to the polls in droves in a midterm election? In state and local elections? Republicans plan to win by cheating because they think we will let them!

  3. as Stephanie replied I am startled that a single mom can get paid $8340 in a few weeks on the internet. did you see this site w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  4. I hope this is a tempest in a teapot: we need Mr. Santorum in the game. I was so upset when the House Ethics Committee agreed to investigate Michele Bachmann, probably causing her to drop out of the race. The Democrats could have taken that seat next year; now we won’t.
    I hope we don’t lose any of the wack jobs: they are on our side.

  5. Hey retards …check your editing. In your mad dog rush to bash another GOP candidate you claim he was a 2008 candidate. Then later in the article you talk about a January 2012 meeting. Could be confusing to your burned out hippy audience. Another example of fine liberal reporting.

  6. The smell of repub hypocrisy…

    Here is another one:

    ‘Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) who blasted a “physically fit”
    couple for using food stamps at a suburban Virginia grocery store, collected $370,000 dollars in federal stimulus money for his Oklahoma plumbing company. Mullin who brags about turning the plumbing company into a successful business
    never mentions the government help he received to make it thrive’. p-usa 8/16

    • I guess he figured that since they’re physically fit, they could miss a few meals or perhaps go dumpster diving since that requires some athleticism, at least in his twisted hypocritical mind.

      • OKC friends say markywayne is not that bright and a bit of a skirt chaser. Thinks he should be noticed and known..maybe the woman in Virginia did not pay him any ‘nevermind’!

  7. I bet nothing will be done about this, these sleazy rethugs know every trick in the book, when it comes to illegal campaign money. I must agree with Edwardw69 though, leave the Crazy ones alone, right up until the 2014 elections!

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