FEC Complaint Lodged Against Democrat Senator

Ohio Democrat U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown faces a new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). The nonpartisan ethics watchdog alleges that Brown and his campaign agents have been “unlawfully soliciting excessive contributions” to his 2024 re-election bid against GOP nominee Bernie Moreno.

The 11-page FEC complaint seeking an investigation is based on public campaign finance reports and current fundraising appeals. The key issues are solicitations for donations to Brown’s primary election campaign in which he ran unopposed and whether donors to the state Democrat Party knew their contributions would be used to support Brown’s general election campaign.

“In this case, it may look as if Senator Brown is using a complex fundraising scheme but the reality is it appears he is simply seeking campaign contributions above the legal limit” explained FACT’s Executive Director Kendra Arnold. “Of course, the law must be strictly enforced against all candidates but it is especially egregious when a long-serving U.S. Senator seems to be violating this law — and the trust the public has placed in him” she emphasized.

FACT says the FEC “should find reason to believe” Brown and his aligned fundraising organs “have violated federal law.” As a consequence, the FEC is asked to “conduct an immediate investigation” “seek appropriate sanctions against Brown and his agents for any and all violations including civil penalties sufficient to deter violations” “issue an injunction prohibiting Respondents from committing any and all violations in the future” and “seek additional remedies as are necessary and appropriate to ensure compliance with the FECA.”