Groups: $12 million mystery donation was crime

Groups: $12 million mystery donation was crime


Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two election watchdog organizations want the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate more than $12 million in campaign contributions mysteriously funneled through two unknown companies in Tennessee.

The money went to a prominent tea party group, which spent it on congressional races.

The origin of the money, the largest anonymous political donation in a campaign year filled with them, remains a secret.

The watchdog groups were the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21.

They said Thursday that routing the money through the Tennessee companies to the tea party's most prominent "super" political committee, FreedomWorks for America, appeared to violate a U.S. law prohibiting the practice of laundering campaign contributions in the name of another person.

A spokeswoman for FreedomWorks, Jackie Bodnar, did not return a telephone message.

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