Is the Snyder Campaign Under Investigation?
by Shari Dovale
In a letter dated March 20th of this year, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in Washington DC. [See letter below]
In the letter, it is alleged that there are multiple ‘irregularities’ concerning the donations received by the MICHAEL SNYDER FOR CONGRESS campaign, Michael Snyder, Treasurer (Snyder campaign).
The complaint goes on to state that the October filing of the Snyder campaign showed contributions of nearly $34,000 but only itemized about $8,600 of those contributions.
It should be noted that this, though an extremely high amount of unitemized contributions, it is not necessarily a violation by itself. However, it raises the question, “Who is funding Michael Snyder for Congress?”
It does raise red flags, of which the FEC should be concerned with, such as were they in excess of contribution limits, or were they from prohibited contributors?
Continuing on, the year end report filed in January 2018 show more unitemized contributions. Yes, you will see small amounts on every candidates filed reports, but it is highly unusual to have nearly 60% of contributions UNitemized. This suggests a pattern of hiding the names of donors.
Granted, I am not an expert in campaign finance. However, I am a voter and would like to have answers. Where is Michael Snyder getting his money? Who is backing this campaign? Are they backing any other campaigns in Idaho?
In a race of seven candidates all vying for the Republican nomination, how do you determine who to choose? One of the ways is to see who is backing the candidate. If you cannot see the donor list, as nearly 60% have been hidden, how can you know for sure who is funding Snyder?
Is it Big Corporations? Is it environmentalists? Is it democrats? Special Interest groups come in many different forms.
Even the Spokesman Review has asked questions:
Bonners Ferry conservative blogger and author Michael Snyder has reported raising more than $115,000 for his campaign, much of it from out-of-state individuals and $4,000 of his own money. He also reported more non-itemized small donations than itemized contributions, drawing a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that he may be failing to property report the identity of his donors; the agency is now reviewing the complaint. He’s reported no endorsements and didn’t respond to interview requests.
The FEC has confirmed they are reviewing the complaint and have given Snyder notice and a chance to respond. I, for one, would like to see the response before the election next week.
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