Fox Corp. And Trump Campaign Accused of Campaign Finance Violations in FEC Complaints
Complaint Filed by End Citizens United PAC
End Citizens PAC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) accusing Rupert Murdoch, the chair of Fox Corp., of violating campaign finance laws. The complaint alleges that Murdoch shared confidential information, including Joe Biden’s campaign and debate strategy, with Trump adviser Jared Kushner during the 2020 election. End Citizens United PAC claims that the maximum penalty for breaking campaign finance laws is five years in prison and a fine of 200% of the value of the contribution.
Media Matters for America Files FEC Complaint
Another organization, Media Matters for America, also filed an FEC complaint against Fox Corp. and the Trump campaign, alleging that Fox made an “illegal corporate in-kind contribution”. The Dominion Voting Systems defamation case against Fox revealed the exchange of confidential information between Murdoch and Kushner.
Dominion’s Defamation Suit Against Fox News and Fox Corp.
Dominion is suing Fox News and Fox Corp. for $1.6 billion, claiming that the broadcaster defamed the voting machine manufacturer by promoting false claims about its election equipment. In defense of its coverage, Fox has claimed the lawsuit to be “baseless”.
The allegations of campaign finance violations by Fox Corp. and the Trump campaign along with the ongoing defamation suit, highlight the intense scrutiny and controversy surrounding the 2020 election and aftermath. The FEC investigations and Dominion’s lawsuit could have significant implications for the future of campaign finance and election media coverage.