Donald Trump, who recently branded Russian President Vladimir Putin a ‘genius,’ has been accused of ‘breaking federal law’.
According to The American Bridge Super Pac, a Democratic fundraising organisation, the former president has spent large sums of money on a campaign before ‘formally declaring that he will run’.
The Guardian reports that the organisation filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, (FEC) in which they said: “Trump has been illegally using his multi-candidate leadership PAC to raise and spend funds in excess of commission limits for the purpose of advancing a 2024 presidential campaign.
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“His failure to timely file a Statement of Candidacy with the Commission is a clear violation of the [Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971].”
Federal campaign finance laws require that candidates spend over $5,000 on a presidential campaign to register their candidacy with the FEC within 15 days.
It comes as the former president ‘sued his niece, Mary Trump, and the New York Times for $100m’ in damages over tax records.
In the case, he named three reporters from the outlet who allegedly ‘relentlessly pursued his niece to obtain confidential records’ that arose in a family dispute.
“It is doomed to failure like the rest of his baseless efforts to chill freedom of speech and of the press.”
“This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news organizations and we plan to vigorously defend against it.”