(ReliableNews.org) – Although it may seem like US elections are flooded with cash, there are some rules about who can donate and how much they can give. For instance, it is illegal for government contractors to donate to political campaigns or to donate money in someone else’s name. It’s those rules that have two of Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) donors in hot water.
NEW: The @FBI is investigating whether Martin Defense Group (a government contractor with a presence in Maine) & its executives illegally donated to @SenatorCollins's campaign & its supportive super PAC, 1820 PAC, per this search warrant application. https://t.co/DrNIYIru7u
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) May 18, 2021
According to a May 18 Axios report, the FBI is allegedly investigating a scheme by two donors to illegally fund Collins’ 2020 re-election. A reported search warrant revealed that the federal agency is probing whether the former Martin Defense Group CEO, Martin Kao and his wife created a fraudulent limited liability company, the Society of Young Women Scientists and Engineers LLC, to give a super PAC $150,000 for Collins’ reelection campaign. The investigation is also looking into whether Martin repaid family members who donated to the senator’s campaign.
The FBI has not commented on whether or not Collins is under investigation. She and Trump have not always been on the same side of political issues. I suspect the former president isn’t losing any sleep that a fellow republican could be implicated.
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