DNC chairman under fire for possible bribing of opponents

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The watchdog group, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, has filed a complaint against DNC Chairman Tom Perez, essentially claiming he bribed those also vying for the top DNC post to drop out of the race against him.

The group filed the complaint with the Federal Election Commission, saying those who dropped out of the race for the post were given hefty kickbacks after the fact.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint with the FEC on Tuesday, alleging that Perez transferred funds from his campaign committee to his former opponents who had dropped out of the race and supported his candidacy.

“There is no doubt that at the time Chairman Perez donated or transferred the funds, he was an agent of the DNC, the funds were related to the DNC, and the DNC’s response to the donation demonstrates Perez was acting on the DNC’s behalf,” the complaint read. “Allowing this behavior to go unpunished opens the door for a new level of corruption in party elections—offering campaign cash for support from former opponents. The Commission must immediately investigate and enforce the law.”

According to the complaint, Perez established “Team Tom,” an organization to raise money and make expenditures related to his campaign. At the time, Jamie Harrison, Jehmu Greene, and Sally Boynton Brown were in the running for DNC chair, but ultimately dropped out and endorsed Perez. 

FACT alleged that a month after his election, Perez began “donating/transferring funds” to his former opponents.

DNC spokesman Michael Tyler denied the allegations as a “partisan nuisance complaint.”

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