Friday, July 10, 2020

FEC Chair Who Criticized Trump Has Ties to Perkins Coie

Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic chair on the Federal Election Commission, tweeted an official statement condemning President Trump for suggesting he’d accept foreign intelligence on political opponents.

There’s just one problem.
 


The FEC further reports:
 

Commissioner Weintraub took office on December 9, 2002, after receiving a recess appointment; she was renominated and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on March 18, 2003. Commissioner Petersen was nominated and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on June 24, 2008.

Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Weintraub was Of Counsel to Perkins Coie LLP and a member of its Political Law Group. Before joining Perkins Coie, Ms. Weintraub was Counsel to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for the U.S. House of Representatives (the House Ethics Committee). Ms. Weintraub received her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

That’s right, Weintraub worked for Perkins Coie – the law firm that hired a company to compile a dossier with unsubstantiated allegations about Donald Trump’s connections to Russian oligarchs.

The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for this faulty research in the summer of 2016.

A little over a year later, the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that the DNC and Clinton campaign violated campaign finance law by deliberately burying their payments for dossier research from public scrutiny, violating federal law.

Weintraub said nothing about her ties to Perkins Coie, leading some to wonder if this conflict of interest explains why the FEC failed to do its due diligence investigating Hillary Clinton’s $84 million campaign finance scandal.

“One year and two months. That’s how long it’s been since a formal complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), alleging Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign orchestrated an $84 million campaign finance scandal — the largest in U.S. history,” said campaign finance attorney Dan Backer.

With her ties to Perkins Coie confirmed, Weintraub’s post at the FEC raises more questions than answers.

Read Dan Backer’s entire complaint with the FEC here.

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