Hillary Clinton has found herself in hot water once again this week after a super-PAC backing her was found to have accepted $200,000 in donations from a company holding multiple contracts with the federal government, despite a ban on such contributions.
After reviewing the contributions, The Hill reported that Boston-based Suffolk Construction made two contributions of $100,000 to Priorities USA, which backs Clinton. When they made the contributions, Suffolk held more than one contract worth $976,560 with the Department of Defense for maintenance and construction projects at a Naval base in Newport, R.I., and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
In addition, Suffolk donated $10,000 in 2015 to Right to Rise, a super-PAC that supported Republican Jeb Bush’s now-defunct presidential bid.
These donations violate a 70-year-old campaign finance law meant to prevent pay-to-play deals between public officials and companies making money from the government, but it is often ignored by donors and the receivers alike. The Hill reported that the law is rarely enforced because “donors face little chance of being penalized by a Federal Election Commission (FEC) that is so divided between its Republican and Democratic members it has proved incapable of deciding even the most basic questions, such as whether to investigate complaints.”
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