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Group aligned with Hillary Clinton files ethics complaint against Alan Grayson

The American Democracy Legal Fund, a watchdog group created by Hillary Clinton ally David Brock, has filed a complaint asking the Federal Election Campaign to investigate Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his campaign committee for allegedly using one of his hedge funds to pay for a campaign staffer for political work.

"The FEC should immediately open a full investigation of this matter to get to the bottom of whether Mr. Grayson is creating essentially 'no-show' jobs at investment entities he controls in order to supplement his campaign,'' says the complaint.

Citing news reports, FEC filings, and statements made by Grayson and his employees to congressional investigators looking at still pending ethics complaints against Grayson, the complaint notes that Grayson's hedge fund paid David Keith, finance director of Grayson's 2014 House campaign and 2016 Senate campaign, $1,000 a month in 2014 and 2015, supposedly to recruit or work with potential investors, though "according to Mr. Grayson and his office, the Hedge Fund has been inactive since Mr. Grayson returned to Congress," in 2013.

Grayson has denied any wrongdoing and brushed off the House Office of Congressional Ethics report released in April that concluded Grayson likely broke federal law and House ethics rules in his mixing of hedge fund and legal work with congressional duties.

Grayson supports Bernie Sanders in the presidential race, against whom the ADLF has also filed FEC complaints. Brockk is no longer with ADLF.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 7:33am]


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