A Democratic group has accused former President Donald Trump of violating campaign finance laws, saying he spent political funds without officially announcing a 2024 presidential bid.
The Democratic super PAC American Bridge says it is filing a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
“He should have to adhere to the law in a way that all other candidates do,” said Jessica Floyd, the group’s president. “When he says ‘I’m going to do it a third time,’ that’s not flirting. That’s more than a toe dip.”
Federal finance rules dictate that anyone who raises or spends over $5,000 in an effort to support a presidential campaign must file with the FEC.
American Bridge cited a quote from Trump last year in which he said, “I know what I’m going to do, but we’re not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws.”
But Trump’s camp says American Bridge’s claim has “zero merit.”
“America is spiraling into disaster because of the Democrats’ failures, and instead of reversing course, they are busy filing frivolous complaints that have zero merit,” Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich said.
Though Trump hasn’t formally declared his intentions to run in 2024, he has continued to drop hints — as recently as this past Saturday.
“In 2024 we are going to take back that beautiful, beautiful White House,” Trump said during a rally in South Carolina. “I wonder who will do that. I wonder. I wonder.”