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Federal Contractor Fined for Donating to Clinton Super PAC

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By    |   Monday, 02 October 2017 09:07 AM

Suffolk Construction, a federal contractor, has been fined for donating $200,000 to a Hillary Clinton super PAC, Fox News reports.

A $34,000 fine was levied against the Massachusetts-based company by the Federal Elections Commission, according to the news network. Contractors are not permitted by federal law to donate to political groups.

The company had made two $100,000 donations in 2015 to Priorities USA Action, a powerful PAC that supported President Barack Obama in 2012 and backed Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Fox News reported, noting the group spent $126 million against President Donald Trump in the campaign.

More than $168 million in government contracts had been awarded to the company since 2008, according to an election commission letter made public by the Campaign Legal Center.

And the letter noted Suffolk had been awarded nearly $1.3 million in federal grants in the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years.

The Campaign Legal Center is a non-partisan watchdog group. It had filed a complaint with the FEC claiming Suffolk had improperly donated the money, the Boston Herald reported.

"We applaud the FEC for upholding the integrity of the contractor contribution ban," Brendan Fischer, a director at the Campaign Legal Center, said. "The reason federal contractors have been banned for 75 years from making political contributions is to prevent pay-to-play in the contracting process. Hopefully this decision by the FEC deters companies with business before the government from attempting to buy influence in the future."

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Suffolk Construction, a federal contractor, has been fined for donating $200,000 to a Hillary Clinton super PAC, Fox News reports.
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