Yahoo News: Election watchdog charges Clinton campaign filed 'false' reports on Trump dossier funding

Michael Isikoff
Oct 25, 2017
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An independent campaign watchdog group Wednesday filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission charging that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee filed “false” campaign disclosure reports that concealed payments to the private investigative firm that commissioned the controversial “dossier” on then candidate Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

The nine page complaint by the Campaign Legal Center — a nonpartisan group with no ties to any political party — says nothing about the veracity of the allegations in the dossier, a subject that is still being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller and three congressional committees.

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“This guts the reporting requirements of the FEC,” said Lawrence Noble, a former general counsel of the FEC who now serves as the top lawyer for the Campaign Legal Center, about how the payments for the dossier were reported.

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But Noble said the FEC has become far too lax in enforcing its own rules demanding the accuracy of campaign expenditure reports — and the case of the dossier, due to its prominence and its impact on Trump’s White House, may have taken matters to a whole new level and could cause the commission (which rarely takes enforcement actions these days) to revisit the issue.

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