This is maybe the most Republican thing ever: WinRed —the Republican answer to ActBlue— is in trouble for campaign finance “irregularities.” Yup, the GQP campaign finance machine is not reporting their finances!
As the old saw goes, it takes money to make money. According to the 13 campaign finance experts interviewed for this article, WinRed has not disclosed possibly tens of millions of dollars in PAC expenses. In doing so, WinRed, which Republican leaders forced on campaigns in the 2020 election, has kept secret the identities of the people and firms who work for it and provide its services. According to these experts, based on WinRed’s disclosures, the PAC appears to have potentially crossed the blurry lines of federal campaign finance laws.
“You can lead a yak to water, but you cannot make a silk purse out of a pig-in-a-poke.” –Opus
Former FEC commissioner Ann Ravel reviewed WinRed’s filings, and called them “absurd” and “nothing short of scandalous.”
“I can’t think of any mechanism or loophole that would permit this. Really.” Ravel, who stepped down from the agency in 2017, told The Daily Beast. “It has the appearance of being, if not outright fraudulent, at least not complying with the intent of disclosure laws. On its face that’s what any reasonable federal auditor would think.”
The parable of the frog and the scorpion comes to mind.
“This isn’t like anything we’ve seen on this scale,” Jordan Libowitz, communications director for government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), told The Daily Beast upon CREW’s extensive legal review of the disclosures. “With the publicly available information we have, it appears potentially illegal.”
“You knew I was a snake before you took me in.”
Look, the Republican Party is a criminal operation from the top of the ticket (Lord Damp Nut hisself) down to the lowliest functionary; that they cannot report their financing correctly is not a bug, it’s a feature.
I can hardly wait for the reports of millions of Ameros gone missing. It’s coming. You know it is.