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Anti-Trump Group to FBI: Steve Bannon Broke Campaign Finance Laws

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Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 11:46 AM

An anti-Donald Trump group has reported Steve Bannon to the FBI, accusing the president-elect's new top adviser of violating campaign finance laws during his stint as CEO of the Trump campaign.

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump told the liberal news website PoliticusUSA:

"According to FEC records, $950,090 was paid to Bannon's company, Glittering Steel LLC, over the course of the campaign by pro-Trump super PAC, Make America Number 1.

"It is against campaign finance law for super PACs to directly coordinate with the campaigns they support, so Bannon's role as both an employee of the super PAC and campaign CEO would have broken the law.

Additionally, there is a 120-day 'cooling off' period for employees once they leave a super PAC to join a campaign to help avoid coordination, which Bannon would have violated when he became Trump's campaign CEO just 9 days after being paid by Make America Number 1."

The anti-Trump group said it reported the alleged violation to the FBI's public corruption, which has jurisdiction to investigate campaign finance crimes.

"In 2015, a campaign worker was sentenced to 2 years in prison for his role in illegal coordination between a campaign and a Super PAC," The Democratic Coalition Against Trump stated, according to PoliticusUSA.

Glittering Steel is credited on the 2016 documentary "Clinton Cash," a critical investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton's finances, The Wrap reports.

The Wrap said a representative for the Trump campaign and Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump, an arm of Keep America Great PAC, describes itself as "the largest grassroots anti-Trump organization in the country."

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