Welcome to the Checks & Imbalances newsletter. Today, let’s look at Amy Kremer’s fines, Richard Grenell’s dinner guests and Donald Trump’s lawyers.
Oomen Vote Smart PAC and its treasurer Any Kremer now owe the Federal Election Commission at least $49,000 in outstanding fines for failing to submit financial reports. The FEC revealed the last fine, $11,800 for not filing the 2021 half-year report on Friday.
In October, the agency returned a $6,500 fine to the Treasury Department for recoverywhat was first reported by Rantt Media.
Through the nonprofit organization Women for America First, Kremer and her daughter Kylie organized the January 6 rally that preceded the Capitol riot. In September, the House Select Committee investigating the attack subpoenas to the two Kremers for their files and their communications concerning the rally.
Women Vote Smart violated FEC rules upon launch. Founded in May 2016 as Women Vote Trump, this changed name the following month after the FEC reported that the use of a candidate’s name broke campaign finance rules.
In a February 2019 filing, just before Kremer became PAC treasurer, Women Vote Smart reported owes Trump’s DC hotel $40,000. The debt was not included in the next PAC report…there was also no explanation of how he was wiped out.
Another fine could be in the works: Women Vote Smart’s The 2021 year-end report is a few months late.
Kremer did not respond to an inquiry.
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Richard Grenell entertained disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley at the US Ambassador’s residence in Berlin
Then United States Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell welcomed former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to the official residence in August 2018. Foley resigned from the House in disgrace in 2006 after sending sexually explicit messages to underage teenagers.
No charges have been filed against Foley, who later claimed he was sexually abused by a priest, in an interview with the South Florida Solar Sentinel.
Last week, Grenell accused MSMBC’s Chris Hayes of “bring help and comfort to people who engage in pedophilia.”
Grenell, who later became Trump’s acting director of national intelligence, did not answer questions about the dinner, including why he invited Foley and whether the taxpayers footed the bill.
But in a statement provided by a spokesperson, Grenell said: “Zach Everson’s progressive partisan activism is destroying journalism – he stalks conservative gay people because he thinks gay people should be Democrats – and his crazy activism makes bring out emotions so messy he even gets mad at a four-year-old photo of Americans having dinner in Berlin…it’s scary and embarrassing to Forbes to allow Everson to use their platform for his weird and inappropriate obsessions.
According to the State Department, its response to a Freedom of Information Act request requesting more details about this gathering, which was submitted in October 2018, will arrive in September 2022.
Updates on previous Checks & Imbalances reports
“Rep. Sean Casten, locked in a Democratic primary battle with Rep. Marie Newman, called her Thursday at disclose details of a secret settlement what she did with a man accusing her of promising her a job to trick him into not running against her in 2020,” Chicago Sun-Times reported last week.
In January, the House Ethics Office revealed that it had “substantial reason to believe that ‘Newman’ may have promised a federal job to a senior opponent in an effort to garner political support.”
Last month, Trump replaced his lawyers in a complaint filed by Mexican-born protesters claiming that Trump Organization security attacked them outside Trump Tower. Alina Habba, an attorney based near one of Trump’s golf clubs in New Jersey, now represents Trump and now works for him in at least seven of the investigations and lawsuits. Lawrence Rosen, the attorney Habba is replacing, also served on Trump’s legal team in the New York Attorney General’s investigation.
Neither attorneys nor spokespersons for the Trump Organization responded to inquiries.
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“Wave that flag, pop the bag, skin the goat, learn your way
Read the signs, connect the lines, pay your fines, save your pennies
Take the time, light the wick, save time, pass the juice”
– Grateful death, “Wave That Flag”