Watchdogs say Trump campaign took in illegal fundraising cash for debt 2016 reduction.

Watchdogs say Trump campaign took in illegal fundraising cash for debt 2016 reduction.

The campaign began fundraising almost immediately after Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, archived versions of its website show. It raised about $10.5 million from Nov. 9 through the end of the year, according to FEC filings.

By earmarking those donations for debt reduction, the campaign classified them as 2016 receipts, meaning those contributions will not count towards the donors’ 2020 contribution limits.

Campaign Legal Center general counsel Larry Noble said in a statement on the complaint.

“By falsely reporting post-election contributions as being for 2016 debt retirement, Trump may be trying to illegally double what a contributor can give for the 2020 primaries.” 

More from The Daily Beast here.

For a man who can campaigned on “law and order,” and Trump doesn’t appear to be operating his campaign fundraising efforts in a lawful manner following FEC guidelines.  Please add your comments below.

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