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Offbeat FEC dismisses complaint alleging Trump Org made illegal Trump Campaign contribution

02:56  07 july  2018
02:56  07 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Federal Election Commission (FEC) officials wrote in documents released Friday that the Trump Organization may have made an illegal contribution to the Trump campaign by having a staffer assist Melania Trump with her speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC), but dismissed the complaint because the action was too minor to be considered a violation of law.

FEC lawyers wrote in an April 2017 filing, first made public on Friday, that Trump Organization employee Meredith McIver's assistance in writing Melania Trump's speech at the RNC in July 2016 may have resulted in "a corporate contribution to the Committee."

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"If it was Trump 's own money, there was no illegal contribution -- but there's still a reporting violation." Larry Noble, general counsel of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and a CNN contributor , said the FEC would consider the complaint and seek a response from the Trump

However, commissioners wrote that because the value of such services appeared to be too minor for consideration, the commission decided to dismiss the allegation.

Trump's RNC speech sparked backlash after it was found to have included words and phrases identical to former first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Committee.

McIver took blame for the speech following the outcry.

The complaint had alleged that the Trump Organization, President Trump and the Trump campaign had violated federal law by not compensating McIver for her services in advance, instead paying her after the speech was given.

Trump, according to the filing, said he paid for McIver's services - totaling $356.01 - with "personal funds and then contributed those services to the Committee as an in-kind candidate contribution."

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The committee's monthly disclosure report from August 2016 shows a receipt for a $23,775.50 contribution from Trump on July 23, 2016, in the form of "IN-KIND: PAYROLL." The memo entry shows that $356.01 was made for "PAYROLL" for McIver.

The complaint also stated that the Trump Organization may have been helping the campaign in other ways after McIver used Trump Organization letterhead to publicly admit to her involvement in writing the speech.

The commissioners found that beyond the use of the letterhead, the complaint "provides no facts indicating that the Trump Organization used its resources or facilities to engage in any fundraising activities in connection with any federal election."

The FEC also rejected a claim that McIver's alleged travel to the RNC violated campaign law, saying there was no evidence that she actually traveled to the convention.

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