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Marjorie Taylor Greene fined $12,000 by FEC for illegal PAC fundraising

By Jake Beardslee · January 8, 2024

In brief…

  • The FEC fined Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene $12,000 for illegal PAC fundraising.
  • The ad urged contributions to stop Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia from winning.
  • The FEC alleged Greene illegally solicited donations by reposting a PAC ad on her social media accounts.
The Federal Election Commission levied a $12,000 fine against controversial Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for improperly soliciting donations for a political action committee.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has fined Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) $12,000 for alleged illegal fundraising for a political action committee (PAC), according to a recently published filing.

The agreement settles a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA), which Greene violated by reposting an advertisement she appeared in on her official social media accounts. The ad was originally posted by the PAC “Stop Socialism Now PAC” in December 2020.

In the video ad, Greene urged viewers to donate to the PAC’s efforts to prevent Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff from winning Georgia’s Senate runoff elections in 2021. Both candidates went on to win their races.

“Stop Socialism Now PAC will stop Ossoff and Warnock from stealing our Senate seats,” Greene said in the video ad. “It’s time to fight back now, before it’s too late.”

The FEC alleges Greene illegally solicited non-federal funds by sharing the ad, which included an on-screen request for contributions and a website for donations. Under FECA, federal candidates cannot fundraise for organizations that are not bound by federal fundraising limits and disclosure rules.

The conciliation agreement was accepted by the FEC in early December. Greene had 30 days after the agreement became effective to comply with its terms, including paying the $12,000 civil penalty.

The documents will become part of the public record within 30 days.