President Donald Trump’s close political advisers are making millions of dollars working for several different entities gearing up for Trump’s re-election campaign — raising questions about whether they are following campaign finance laws designed to keep campaigns from coordinating with big-money outside groups.
Campaigns and party committees are not allowed to coordinate with allied outside groups that are supposed to be independent, such as super PACs and nonprofits. But the Federal Election Commission, which is governed by a board of three Republicans and three Democrats and usually deadlocks on issues, has hardly enforced that rule. In the 2016 election, candidates and their allied groups took advantage of those blurred lines to raise and spend millions of dollars.
Now, that pattern is continuing, based on new fundraising reports filed Wednesday with the FEC.