Disclose Who Paid for Your Trip to the Koch Donor Summit
Last year a web-show sponsored by AFV, The Undercurrent, broke a series of stories on the Koch brothers' donor conference at the St. Regis Monarch Bay Hotel in Dana Point, CA, which was attended by several Republican Senate candidates — Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, and Mitch McConnell. The first three all disclosed the trip in their filings with the Federal Election Commission. From examining FEC and Senate Ethics reports, it appears as though McConnell did not.
Mitch McConnell is the number one opponent of campaign finance reform, having fought against contribution limits and disclosure over the last 30 years in both the Senate and the Supreme Court, most recently with the disastrous McCutcheon decision, which eliminated the aggregate cap on individual contributions to federal candidates in one election cycle. Pre-McCutcheon the limit was $123,200. Now, there is no limit.
In honor of the first anniversary of McCutcheon, Lauren Windsor, the executive producer of The Undercurrent and the executive director of AFV, filed a complaint with the FEC to compel the Majority Leader to explain who paid for his stay at the St. Regis last summer. And today, AFV asks you to sign our petition asking McConnell to disclose the information. Perhaps he broke the law, perhaps he did not. But either way, the American people — you — deserve to know who is paying his travel bills as required by the very campaign finance disclosure laws he disdains so much.
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