The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) has requested the Federal Election Commission to investigate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Alexandra Chalupa, a former consultant, in regards to soliciting illegal contributions from the Ukrainian government by seeking information on Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman. They’ve officially filed a complaint to the FEC this week accusing both the DNC and Chalupa of breaking federal law.
As written for Fox News by Brooke Singman:
Chalupa was brought into the broader debate regarding Russia’s 2016 election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign when Politico published a report months ago revealing she met with officials in the Ukrainian Embassy last year.
According to FACT’s complaint, a political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy was instructed to help Chalupa conduct opposition research on Trump’s campaign — specifically, to help expose ties between Manafort and Russia.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
FACT alleged that Chalupa received improper “in-kind contributions” — which they define as “anything of value, including information and leads, the fruits of paid research, or similar investigatory activity to a political committee” — regarding Manafort while employed by the DNC.
“Since Chalupa was being paid by the DNC at the time of the collusion, this constitutes an illegal, in-kind contribution,” FACT said in a statement, noting federal law “prohibits accepting or receiving anything of value from foreign nationals.”
FEC guidelines are broad regarding what can be considered an in-kind contribution but list advertising, print and consultant services, and more.
The FACT complaint also notes that the “DNC subsequently acknowledged that they had knowledge of the research” obtained by Chalupa on behalf of Ukrainian officials.
“We can tell that at, one point, someone from the DNC acknowledged the information, though they denied using it,” FACT’s general counsel, Kendra Arnold, told Fox News. “We’re hopeful the FEC does a full investigation and gets to the bottom of what happened here.”
The FEC told Fox News they have not yet received FACT’s complaint.
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