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FEC Chair Rips Peers For Nixing Thornton Donation Inquiry

Law360, Boston (May 17, 2019, 4:09 PM EDT) -- The Federal Election Commission came up two votes shy of moving forward with an investigation into whether Boston-based Thornton Law illegally reimbursed partners for campaign donations, frustrating the commission's chair who worried that FEC inaction could spawn more unlawful activity.

A 2016 complaint filed by the D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center claims Thornton Law Firm LLP violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 by using "bonuses" to reimburse nearly $1.6 million in political contributions made by several of its partners and one partner's wife. The firm denied any wrongdoing, saying the reimbursements, even when styled as "bonuses," were paid from a...

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