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FACT Calls for FEC Investigation into Katie McGinty’s Campaign

Updated: Mar 19, 2019


Watchdog Calls for FEC Investigation into Katie McGinty’s Campaign

FACT Says PA U.S. Senate Candidate Using Website to Illegally Coordinate with Super PAC

(Washington, D.C.) – August 9, 2016- The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a non-partisan ethics watchdog group, directed by former U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today, requesting an investigation into Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty’s campaign for their apparent violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act, and FEC regulations.

According to the complaint, McGinty’s Senate campaign website contains a notice section used to instruct super PACs on the specific messaging to be used in their political ads. For example, in March, the McGinty campaign posted: “as the ninth of ten children and the daughter of a police officer who walked the beat and a restaurant hostess, Katie McGinty is fighting to help everyday families.” A few weeks later, the super PAC, EMILY’S List, began running a biographical themed ad about McGinty using almost this exact language.

“There is no doubt Katie McGinty is trying to evade campaign finance laws by using her public campaign website to quietly and illegally coordinate with her super PAC, said Matthew Whitaker. “This is an extreme violation because federal candidates are prohibited from accepting contributions or coordinating with super PAC’s that can accept unlimited contributions.”

FACT is calling for an immediate investigation of McGinty’s campaign as our country’s campaign finance laws clearly prohibit a candidate from requesting a super PAC run certain ads and prohibit a super PAC from republishing candidate campaign materials. If the Federal Election Commission does not act and punish such a clear violation, then the laws are without purpose.

A full copy of the complaint can be read here.

FACT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas. For more on FACT, visit: http://www.factdc.org/.

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