A lawsuit filed by the Campaign Legal Center alleges Republicans are using an obscure shell company to fund Rep. Liz Cheney’s main challenger.
The Campaign Legal Center detailed its complaint in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that “Snow Goose, LLC” and any unknown person who contributed to the Wyoming Values super PACs on behalf of Snow Goose, LLC, violated federal campaign finance laws and deprived voters of information essential to a transparent political process.
The complaint alleges that Snow Goose was not the true source of a $50,000 contribution made on his behalf to Wyoming Values and that there is reason to believe that an unknown person or persons created, operated and/or made contributions to Snow Goose in order to fund Wyoming Values without disclosing their identity.
Such a scheme would violate the ban on “straw donors” in the Federal Election Campaign Act, which prohibits anyone from making contributions on behalf of another and also prohibits candidates and committees – including super PAC – to knowingly accept such a contribution.
The super PAC has been active in a race. He opposed Liz Cheney and backed her main opponent Harriet Hageman.
$50,000 is a lot of money to pour into a Wyoming Republican primary from one shady source.
“Shell companies like Snow Goose, LLC are one of the ways that special interests funnel secret spending (also known as black money) into super PACs and conceal the identity of the true contributor. Voters have a right to know who is spending that money and trying to rig the system in their favor,” said Saurav Ghosh, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center. “Real transparency about the true sources of this kind of spending will mean more government accountability and less political corruption.”
Spending black money is a danger to American democracy. Voters don’t know where the money is coming from in Wyoming. As mentioned above, Republicans want to get rid of Cheney, who is doing patriotic work on the 1/6 Committee, so much so that they are willing to break the law to rig a primary against her.
Democrats may disagree with Liz Cheney on 99% of politics, but Rep. Cheney deserves a free and fair primary election.
Mr. Easley is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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