Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed an amended complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Bacardi U.S.A. used corporate resources to organize a fundraising event for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on September 30, 2005. CREW filed the original complaint against Bacardi U.S.A. on August 7, 2006 alleging that Bacardi U.S.A. had used corporate resources and facilities to raise as much as $60,000 for the campaign of Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) at a May 11, 2004 event at Bacardi’s Miami headquarters.
The amended complaint alleges that Bacardi violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and FEC regulations by using the same corporate list of vendors to solicit contributions for the September 30, 2005 Nelson event that it used to solicit contributions for the May 11, 2004 Martinez for Senate fundraiser. The complaint alleges that employees of at least two Bacardi vendors – Hunton & Williams and The MWW Group – made contributions to Senator Nelson in response to Bacardi’s solicitations. The complaint identifies ten specific individuals affiliated with Bacardi U.S.A., Hunton & Williams and The MWW Group who contributed to both Nelson and Martinez in response to Bacardi’s solicitations.
Click here to read the FEC's response (04/16/07).