Clinton super PAC took $200,000 in illegal contributions

According to documents submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Priorities USA, a Hillary Clinton super PAC, accepted $200,000 in donations from Boston-based Suffolk Construction, a firm which has been awarded over $160 million in federal contracts since 2008.

Donations to political campaigns or associated super PACs from firms which hold contracts with the U.S. government are illegal under campaign finance law.

On two separate occasions, Suffolk Construction donated $100,000 to Priorities USA, which clearly states on its contribution page that government contractors are forbidden to donate.

Under the the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, together with the 1971 Revenue Act, campaign contributions from firms which do business with the federal government are forbidden from direct contributions to political campaigns or political action committees.

Priorities USA and the Hillary Clinton campaign declined to comment; Priorities USA refused to say whether the PAC would return the donations.

To-date, Priorities USA has raised over $75 million in 2016, with their top three donors being financial sector organizations, each donating at least $7 million.

 

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