Two progressive groups want the Federal Election Commission to investigate Fox Corp. and the 2020 campaign of former President Donald Trump for violating campaign finance laws.
On Friday, the End Citizens United PAC filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch violated the law when he shared Joe Biden’s campaign ad and debate strategy with Trump adviser Jared Kushner. .
The sharing of confidential information first became public this week in Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation case against Fox News and Fox Corp. According to a document citing Murdoch’s affidavit, the Fox boss admitted to providing a preview of the ads with Kushner before they went public, as well as sharing Biden’s debate strategy during the 2020 campaign.
The End Citizens United PAC, a group that pushes for campaign finance reform, shared a copy of their complaint exclusively with NBC News. According to the group, the maximum sentence is five years in prison and fines of 200% of the value of the contribution.
“Fox Corporation’s flagrant and arrogant act is a prohibited corporate contribution. The commission must immediately investigate,” wrote End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller.
The filing says the Trump campaign also violated the law by failing to disclose the in-kind contribution. Neither Fox Corp. nor the Trump campaign immediately responded to requests for comment.
The media are also important to the United States filed a complaint with the FEC on Friday against the two entities, alleging that Fox made an “illegal corporate contribution in kind.”
Dominion sued Fox News and Fox Corp. for $1.6 billion, arguing it defamed the voting system maker by knowingly broadcasting unsubstantiated fraud claims about its election equipment. Fox News defended its coverage, slamming the defamation suit as “baseless”.