Maine's Susan Collins Received 6-Figure Donation From Shady Firm
Senator Susan Collins faces a tough reelection this year, but she’s receiving help with the effort from a mysterious company some 5,000 miles away, according to The Daily Beast.
A company formed in Hawaii — far from the Republican lawmaker’s home state of Maine — “may have illegally funneled a six-figure contribution to a political group,” the publication reported.
The Society of Young Women Scientist and Engineers LLC was born in Hawaii in late November, corporate records show, and little more than a month later, the company donated $150,000 to 1820 PAC, which The Daily Beast noted is “a deep-pocketed super PAC with ties to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that was created to help reelect” Collins.
But there is nothing to suggest that the Society of Young Women Scientist and Engineers has done any type of business since its inception — and it has no discernible website or social media history.
All of this points to the company as being “set up for the sole purpose of making political contributions,” and the Campaign Legal Center has officially complained about it to the Federal Election Commission.
“The available facts do not suggest that SYWSE conducted any business or had sufficient income from assets, investment earnings, business revenues, or bona fide capital investments to cover the $150,000 contribution to 1820 PAC at the time the contribution was made, without an infusion of funds provided to them for that purpose,” the group wrote in its complaint to the FEC, asking for an investigation into 1820 PAC.
CLC claimed that at bare minimum, the company should be required to disclose where its money came from to fund the donation.
The Daily Beast reported that the only public information on the Society of Young Women Scientist and Engineers is found in corporate documents filed in Hawaii, which name Jennifer Lam as it registered agent; however, it remains unclear who Jennifer Lam is and whether she is in Hawaii or elsewhere in the United States.
The publication also noted that it is highly unlikely the CLC’s complaint will lead to any action. President Donald Trump has not nominated a single individual to fill any of the three empty seats at the FEC, leaving the body operating without a quorum of commissioner — and that means the commission can take no legal action against anyone who violates the laws the FEC is charged with upholding.
Republican Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen’s resignation in September caused “the 309-employee agency to slip below a minimum quorum of four commissioners needed to conduct high-level business, including approving investigations and penalizing scofflaws,” the Center for Public Integrity reported earlier this year.
As an aside, Trump’s own reelection campaign faces complaints that likely have become moot as the FEC remains