Ron Paul Supporter Accuses Donald Trump of Breaking Federal Election Law
Paul Alexander | The Daily Beast
Donald Trump’s “Ron Paul can’t win” jibe at CPAC is coming back to haunt him—in the form of a Federal Election Commission complaint filed by a Paul supporter alleging that the real estate mogul violated election law by testing the waters for a presidential bid before declaring his candidacy with the FEC.
Donald Trump has “violated [federal election] laws” with his nascent presidential bid, according to a complaint filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.
The complaint, filed by a supporter of Rep. Ron Paul, stems from a trip to Iowa made by a Trump political adviser on March 7. The visit was made public in a press released sent out the day before. “Michael Cohen, Executive Vice President and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump, will hold a media availability at Signature FBO in Des Moines tomorrow morning at 9:15 a.m.,” said the release. A group of reporters, news photographers, and camera crews, was present to capture Cohen’s arrival, and the adviser said he was there to meet with “major GOP leaders, advocates, operatives, fundraisers, and just about everybody, I think.”
But Trump had not filed papers to establish a presidential committee with the FEC, or even an exploratory committee. He was using his own corporate financial resources to fund a testing-the-waters effort, a violation of federal law if the amount spent is more than $2,500.