Newsweek Quotes Trevor Potter: 2016 Election Interference Results in Third-Largest FEC Fine in History
The Federal Election Commission on Monday doled out $940,000 in fines to the super PAC that backed Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential bid and a Chinese-owned corporation that made illegal donations to it.
Today’s action is a rare and remarkable step by the FEC, and a reminder that safeguarding our elections against foreign interference is in America’s vital national security interests,” Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement Monday.
This illegal $1.3 million contribution is unmistakable proof that Citizens United opened the floodgates to foreign money in the U.S., and it is surely the tip of the iceberg. The fact that the FEC, which so often deadlocks and therefore fails to act in violations, could agree on this one highlights the very real danger this sort of activity poses to our democracy," Potter
Mr. Potter is also the head of Caplin & Drysdale’s Political Law Group in Washington, D.C.
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Excerpt taken from the article “2016 Election Interference Results in Third-Largest FEC Fine in History, but It Doesn’t Involve Trump or Russia" by Cristina Maza for Newsweek.