Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine is already on the outside of her party looking in over her dislike of former President Donald Trump.
Now, she’s giving her colleagues another reason to keep their distance.
According to an Axios report, Collins is caught in the web of an illegal campaign finance scheme…
And as a result, the notable “Never Trumper” is under investigation by the FBI.
A government contractor funneled in $150,000 of illegal cash to Collins’ super PAC, federal authorities believe.
Martin Kao — a defense contractor who was indicted last year — and his wife set up a bogus company to help write a check to fund the super PAC.
So it seems as though Kao returned the favor with the donation.
But the whole thing was phony and what they did was illegal, authorities say.
The company Kao set up, called Society for Young Women Scientists and Engineers, was allegedly an empty shell corporation.
According to sources, it’s not clear that Collins knew the large donation was illegal.
“The Collins for Senator Campaign had absolutely no knowledge of anything alleged in the warrant,” Annie Clark, spokesperson for Collins, said.
Government contractors such as Kao are prohibited from donating to federal PACs.
Investigators also claim that Kao didn’t stop there.
The Axios report also says that Kao repaid his family members who made payments to Collins’ campaign — which is a “straw” donation and therefore. a violation of federal law. The Axios report notes that donors to Collins’ campaign must come from the individual, and the individual only.
Many pundits on social media took the opportunity to pounce on Collins.
“This is deeply troubling,” wrote Erie Siobahn. “We should all be concerned.”
The FBI is investigating illegal financing for Susan Collins’ 2020 re-election campaign.
This is deeply troubling. We should all be concerned.
— Erie Siobhan???????? (@ErieNotEerie) May 18, 2021
The Horn editorial team