Their misrepresentations demanded a direct response, and they’re getting one:https://t.co/K5pFsxK2H8 pic.twitter.com/POFpbRmujg — Ellen L. Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) October 28, 2022.
Anyone who follows campaign finance knows that the FEC has been toothless for years due to GOP commissioners’ opposition to any enforcement of laws designed to oversee money in politics.
The FEC report said that Nikolaev, an oligarch and Russian billionaire with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is the controlling shareholder.
In 2018, Butina acknowledged acting as an unregistered Kremlin agent and pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy against the United States.
Weintraub and Broussard noted that the FEC found that American Ethane “made contributions using funds derived from loans from foreign entities ultimately owned by Russian nationals.”
The money the company used to dole out donations ultimately came from the oligarchs, the FEC said.
“The foreign-influence problem has not gone away in the meantime, to put it mildly,” Weintraub and Broussard wrote. »