CREW Files FEC Complaint Against Cain Campaign and Prosperity USA
Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Friends of Herman Cain, Prosperity USA, Inc. and Mark J. Block, both personally and in his capacity as treasurer of Friends of Herman Cain. Based on internal financial records from Prosperity USA obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the complaint alleges Prosperity USA made illegal corporate contributions to Herman Cain’s presidential campaign by using $40,000 in corporate funds to buy iPads and pay for campaign trips to Iowa, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and Dallas in February and March of 2011.
The complaint also alleges Mr. Block personally violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by authorizing the illegal corporate contributions as president of Prosperity USA, and then by accepting the illegal contributions as treasurer of Friends of Herman Cain. This makes Mr. Block the first person in the history of the Act to have both given and received the same illegal contributions. The complaint also alleges Mr. Block violated the Act by failing to disclose the Prosperity USA expenditures.
CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated, “As hard as Mr. Cain is trying to prove himself a different kind of candidate, he still has to play by the same rules as everyone else. It is not sufficient for the Cain campaign to investigate itself. Rather, the FEC – the federal agency charged with enforcing campaign finance laws – must look into the matter.”