Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FEC Member Demands Trump Prove Voter Fraud Claims

A member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was defiant Tuesday after a Nonprofit Group said her request that President Trump provide proof of voter Fraud merited an investigation into whether her comments were inappropriate.

Ellen Weintraub’s remarks were in response to a letter sent from the Cause of Action Institute to Lynne A. McFarland, the FEC Inspector General, about a statement Weintraub made earlier in February. Weintraub called on the President to substantiate his claim of massive Voter Fraud in New Hampshire, a call she repeated in her statement Tuesday.

Cause of Action's letter said Weintraub, a Democratic Member of the Six-Member Commission, may be in violation of Government Ethics Rules for making the statement as an FEC official and called on the Agency's watchdog to look into the matter. The FEC is tasked with regulating Campaign Finance, and Cause of Action's letter said Weintraub could have stepped outside of her Authority by commenting about Voter Fraud.

In a statement defending her authority to comment on the matter, Weintraub replied, "I will not be silenced."

Additionally, Weintraub said it was within her purview to comment on the Trump Administration's claim that Illegal Voters were bused into New Hampshire, because spending money to do so would likely constitute a Campaign Finance Violation. "I don't know how buses materialize without somebody spending money," Weintraub said.

The Cause of Action Institute is an Independent Group classified as a 501 (c) (3), meaning its work cannot be expressly political, and the Group’s website says its goal is to ensure “the federal regulatory process is open, honest and fair.”

But a 2015 report from the Los Angeles Times connected the Group with Conservative megadonors Charles and David Koch, and tax records show the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity as well as Donors Trust are among its donors.

Tax records also show contributions to the Franklin Center from Donors Trust, a Koch-affiliated group, and the Charles Koch Foundation.

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