PLUS: The Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Finance Hypocrisy
Why is the FEC Ignoring Hillary Clinton's $84 Million Campaign Finance Scandal?
By Dan Backer | February 20, 2019

One year and two months. That’s how long it’s been since a formal complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), alleging Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign orchestrated an $84 million campaign finance scandal — the largest in U.S. history.

Yet the FEC has done nothing to hold the Clinton campaign, dozens of Democratic officials, and hundreds of six-figure Democratic mega-donors accountable for breaking the law.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign finance hypocrisy
By Dan Backer | February 21, 2019

From tax policy to Amazon's job creation, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is building a reputation for being wrong about nearly everything. Now we can add campaign finance law to the list.

In what has become the most viewed Twitter video of any politician, Ocasio-Cortez recently played a “Corruption Game” during a House Oversight Committee hearing to call for “campaign finance reform.” In her words: “We have a system that is fundamentally broken. We have these influences existing in this body, which means that these influences are here, in this committee, shaping the questions that are being asked of you all right now.”


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FEC Refuses to Investigated $84 Million Clinton Campaign Scandal: “It’s outrageous that the FEC has sat around and done nothing – especially with such a detailed, comprehensive paper trail handed to them,” Backer told The Federalist. “It smacks of the same Deep State culture that shielded April Sand,” he said, in reference to the former FEC attorney “who played politics on the job,” by among other things “participat[ing] in a Huffington Post Live internet broadcast via webcam from an FEC facility, criticizing the Republican Party and then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney.” But Sand escaped criminal prosecution for violating the Hatch Act when the “Federal Election Commission recycled her hard drive before evidence could be recovered.” … “If the FEC doesn’t get off its backside and act, or let others do it as the statute envisions, I have no doubt we’ll see multiple candidates repeating this scheme,” Backer warns. (The Federalist)

Four of PLLC founder Dan Backer’s clients, including the Committee to Defend the President and Great America PAC, were mentioned in the Center for Public Integrity’s piece titled “Inside Donald Trump’s Army of Super PACS and MAGA Nonprofits.”

Dan Backer was quoted as saying:

“We’re fine letting the Democrats publicly out-crazy one another for the next year before we tar whatever looney tune comes out of their ‘process,’” Great America PAC attorney Dan Backer said in an email.

“Our ability to be nimble and adapt is what made Great America PAC the largest pro-Trump group in 2016, and his biggest champion since,” Backer wrote. (Center for Public Integrity)
Dan Backer is a veteran campaign counsel, having served more than 100 candidates, PACs, and political organizations, including the Committee to Defend the President. He is founding attorney of, a campaign finance and political law firm in Alexandria, Va.

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