FACT Alleges DNC Accepted Illegal Campaign Contributions from Ukrainian Government
Updated: Mar 19, 2019
Today, FACT filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the Democratic National Committee, and its consultant and agent, Alexandra Chalupa for having solicited and accepted illegal, in-kind contributions from the Ukrainian government.
According to the complaint, in 2016 the Ukrainian-American operative and DNC consultant, Alexandra Chalupa met with Ukrainian government officials in an effort to gather intelligence on President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The complaint documents that a political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy was instructed to help Chalupa conduct opposition research on Trump,'s campaign specifically to work to expose ties between Manafort and Russia. The DNC subsequently acknowledged that they had knowledge of the research.
"The DNC's claim that they did not use the information given to them by Ukrainian government officials is preposterous and a bad excuse for breaking the law," said Matthew Whitaker, Executive Director, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). "The bottom line is a paid member of the DNC went to great lengths to actively seek out opposition research on the Trump campaign from a foreign government, and for that they should be held accountable."
Under federal law, providing anything of value, including information and leads, the fruits of paid research, or similar investigatory activity, to a political committee is an in-kind contribution. Furthermore, Federal law also prohibits accepting or receiving anything of value from foreign nationals. Since Chalupa was being paid by the DNC at the time of the collusion, this constitutes an illegal, in-kind contribution.
FACT asks the FEC conduct an immediate investigation into this egregious and reckless violation of federal laws.
You can read about FACT's complaint in The Hill here.