It’s good news that the Federal Election Commission is holding the tabloid company AMI accountable for its illegal actions in the 2016 election. But it’s head-scratching that the mastermind of this criminal enterprise, Donald Trump, has still not been held accountable. — Common Cause vice president of policy and litigation Paul Ryan
It’s good news that the Federal Election Commission is holding the tabloid company AMI accountable for its illegal actions in the 2016 election. But it’s head-scratching that the mastermind of this criminal enterprise, Donald Trump, has still not been held accountable. — Common Cause vice president of policy and litigation Paul Ryan
Trump escapes FEC punishment for Karen McDougal hush money, but National Enquirer publisher pays settlement
  • The Federal Election Commission will let former President Donald Trump avoid any punishment for directing hush money payments to his alleged ex-mistress Karen McDougal.
  • But the publisher of The National Enquirer agreed to pay more than $187,500 for its role in the scandal.
  • The FEC likewise failed recently to approve a recommendation from staff that it sanction Trump for directing a $130,000 hush money payout to former porn star Stormy Daniels.
The company’s payment to the FEC came in response to a finding by the commission that AMI and Pecker had knowingly and willfully violated campaign finance law by making “prohibited corporate in-kind contributions” to Trump’s campaign with the payoff to McDougal.

Federal prosecutors have said, without actually naming Trump, that he directed Cohen to facilitate the payments to both women. Trump was never criminally prosecuted in the case.

“Trump masterminded this whole thing, and so far he’s walked,” Common Cause vice president of policy and litigation Paul Ryan said.

“Everyone who carried out his dirty work here, Cohen and AMI, paid penalties and did prison time.”

“It’s good news that the Federal Election Commission is holding the tabloid company AMI accountable for its illegal actions in the 2016 election,” Ryan added. “But it’s head-scratching that the mastermind of this criminal enterprise, Donald Trump, has still not been held accountable.”


Trump has denied having sex with either McDougal or Daniels. But he and his company reimbursed Cohen for his payment to Daniels.
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