WASHINGTON (CN) — The Federal Election Commission fined a Massachusetts contractor Thursday for making two $100,000 contributions to a Hillary Clinton-affiliated super PAC in 2015, violating the ban on federal contractors making political contributions.
The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 brought the complaint against Suffolk Construction Co. before the FEC in 2016. Based in Washington, D.C., the groups said Thursday they received notice that the FEC leveled a $34,000 fine. They say it might mark the first time a federal contractor has been fined making a contribution to a super PAC.
“Hopefully this decision by the FEC deters companies with business before the government from attempting to buy influence in the future,” Democracy 21 general counsel Donald Simon said in a statement. “We look forward to the FEC taking action on our outstanding complaint against GEO Group for violating the contractor contribution ban with its contribution to a pro-Trump super PAC.”
That complaint claims that GEO Group, one of the country largest operators of private prisons, contributed $225,000 to the Trump-affiliated super PAC Rebuilding America Now.