A super-PAC set up to support Hillary Clinton received $200,000 in banned donations from a company holding multiple contracts with the federal government.
In an exclusive, The Hill reported that Suffolk Construction, based in Boston, made two contributions of $100,000 to Priorities USA, a super-PAC backing Clinton’s presidential run.
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At the time it made the contributions, Suffolk held multiple contracts worth $976,560 with the Department of Defense for maintenance and construction projects at a Naval base in Newport, R.I., and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., according to the government website USASpending.gov.
Suffolk — which, by Forbes’s estimate, brings in some $2 billion in revenue annually — also donated $10,000 in 2015 to Right to Rise, a super-PAC that supported Republican Jeb Bush’s now-defunct presidential bid.
The donations from Suffolk highlight how a 70-year-old campaign finance law meant to prevent pay-to-play deals between public officials and companies making money from the government is often ignored by those making the donations and those on the receiving end.
Among the reasons why the law is ignored is that donors face little chance of being penalized by a Federal Election Commission, according to The Hill.
The Clinton campaign declined to comment — naturally — when contacted by the news outlet.
But Republican groups have also skirted the law.
The Hill reported that 14 federal contractors contributed a total of $173,250 to Right to Rise, the super-PAC set up to support Jeb Bush, and two had contributed to the super-PAC backing Marco Rubio, Conservative Solutions PAC.
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