CREW Files FEC Complaint Against MD Developer for Illegal Donations to Republican Federal Committees
Washington, D.C. - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and Maryland citizen and CREW Chief Counsel Anne Weismann, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against a Maryland real estate developer and a number of his employees, alleging serious violations of campaign finance law in giving to Republican Federal Committees.
The complaint seeks an FEC investigation of Edward St. John and six employees of his company, St. John Properties, Inc., for making over $60,000 in illegal corporate conduit contributions to the Maryland Republican State Central Committee and the 2006 Senate campaign of RNC Chairman Michael Steele. The contributions that are the subject of the FEC complaint were made contemporaneously with contributions to several Maryland state candidates that the Maryland State Attorney determined last year had been reimbursed by Mr. St. John using St. John Properties, Inc. funds given to company employees in the form of year-end bonuses. Mr. St. John paid over $100,000 in penalties to settle those state allegations, but he has never been held accountable for the much larger contributions made in connection with the 2006 federal election.
CREW's executive director Melanie Sloan said today, "The facts indicate Mr. St. John made illegal conduit contributions to Michael Steele's campaign committee. With the 2010 campaign cycle in full swing, the FEC should investigate Mr. St. John's activities immediately and make clear that violations of campaign finance law will not be tolerated."