January 8, 2024

FEC Fines MTG Over Illegal PAC Fundraising

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) imposed a $12,000 fine on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for alleged violations related to illegal Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraising, as detailed in a recently released conciliation agreement.

According to the FEC, Greene was found to have violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) by "soliciting non-federal funds."

This issue occurred when she reposted an advertisement, in which she appeared, on her official Greene for Congress social media accounts. The ad, originating from the political action committee "Stop Socialism Now PAC," was disseminated on its website, YouTube, and social media channels in December 2020.

In the video, Greene discussed the 2021 Senate runoff elections in Georgia, ultimately resulting in the election of Democratic Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

Greene, in the video, sought financial support for the PAC's efforts to prevent Ossoff and Warnock from securing the Senate seats.

The FEC argued that her reposting of the ad, which included on-screen text urging contributions, her verbal appeal to "make a contribution today" in the video, and the provision of a web address for the donation webpage, constituted the solicitation of non-federal funds.

FECA prohibits federal candidates, officeholders, and associated entities from soliciting funds related to a federal election unless these funds adhere to the Act's limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements.

The FEC accepted the conciliation agreement in early December, stipulating a 30-day compliance period for Greene.

Since her election in 2020, Greene has gained prominence and stirred controversy in American politics.

A Florida resort recently canceled an event with her scheduled on the third anniversary of the January 6 Capitol attack, citing a lack of awareness regarding the event's purpose when approached to host a book signing.

Greene continues to face controversy as she stands with former President Donald Trump and opposes the Biden administration during the pivotal presidential election year.

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