FEC dismisses complaints filed against Louis DeJoy alleging straw donor scheme
The FEC voted 4-1 to dismiss the two complaints in late October and the parties were notified last month that the cases were being closed. The agency makes case documents public 30 days after those notifications are sent.
A lawyer for DeJoy did not respond to Fintech Zoom’s request for comment.
In its review of the campaign finance complaints, the FEC voted 3-2 against a directive that the agency’s lawyers reach out to the Justice Department, according to the files from the cases that are now public.
Jordan Libowitz, a spokesperson for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, one of the watchdog groups that filed the complaint, said the organization was “disappointed to see our complaint dismissed.”
Brendan Fischer, the director of federal reform at Campaign Legal Center, which filed the other FEC complaint against DeJoy, noted in a statement to Fintech Zoom that DeJoy did not even file a response to the group’s complaint in the FEC review. Fischer critiqued the FEC’s failure to “even muster 4 votes to ask the DOJ about the status of any straw donor criminal probe.”
“This is yet another example of how the FEC’s failure to enforce the law has allowed wealthy special interests to rig the system in their favor,” Fischer said.
This story has been updated with additional reaction.