Puerto Rico super PAC president sentenced in dark money case

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The president of a super PAC in Puerto Rico who pled responsible to hiding the identification of donors who supported the U.S. territory’s governor throughout his 2020 election marketing campaign was sentenced Friday to 14 months in federal prison.

Joseph Fuentes Fernández also served as treasurer for Salvemos a Puerto Rico — Let us Help you save Puerto Rico — and had raised hundreds of countless numbers of dollars for Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s campaign.

Pierluisi is not charged in the situation and has pressured that his campaign committee did not coordinate its pursuits with any PAC, such as Salvemos a Puerto Rico. The island’s electoral comptroller’s business office previously audited and cleared Pierluisi’s marketing campaign committee.

Fuentes and other people were being accused of forming two shell nonprofit businesses and soliciting donations. The U.S. Attorney’s Business in Puerto Rico mentioned Fuentes and other people then claimed to the Federal Election Commission that the two nonprofits experienced donated the money as an alternative of revealing the true source driving the dollars.

Federal authorities reported the super PAC was ordered to spend a $150,000 fine and placed on a three-year probation.

Tremendous PACs — compared with traditional PACs — are barred from donating funds straight to political candidates. They also are needed to report donors to the Federal Elections Fee.

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