NLPC has filed a Complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that President Biden’s designated super PAC called FF PAC received $3.4 million from a related organization in an apparent attempt to avoid disclosure of the original donors. The related organization, Future Forward Action USA (FF Action), is a 501(c)(4) organization. The Complaint further alleges that there is a discrepancy between the $3.4 million that FF PAC reports it received from FF Action and the $15.3 million that FF Action reports that it turned over to FF PAC.
NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar, who drafted the Complaint, told the Washington Free Beacon:
“Joe Biden’s super PAC’s failure to fully disclose and account for millions of dollars funneled to it from uber-rich donors to its related dark money group is not only an egregious violation of FEC laws, but also hypocritical considering Biden’s public statements against such dark money groups.”
According to Andrew Kerr, who first reported the transactions in the Free Beacon:
The FEC has a history of penalizing conservative groups for similar conduct. The commission imposed a $350,000 fine against the American Conservative Union in 2017 for acting as a “pass through” to conceal the source of an earmarked $1.7 million super PAC contribution.
The Department of Justice has also pursued criminal cases against super PACs that use dark money groups to conceal donor identities. Federal authorities sentenced the leader of a Puerto Rico-based super PAC to 14 months in prison in 2022 for laundering political contributions to the entity through two affiliated dark money groups.
Click here for a pdf of the Complaint.
Click here for Andrew Kerr’s article.