Campus Red PAC, the controversial Broward-based millennial political committee, is facing more fines from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).  Last week, REDBROWARD reported the FEC sent a letter to the Broward home of Lauren Cooley, the 24 year-old musician behind “Campus Red PAC.” According to FEC guidelines, all politicial committees were required to file a post-election financial report on December 8, 2016. The FEC letter stated, “The failure to timely file a complete report may result in civil money penalties, an audit or legal enforcement action. The civil money penalty calculation for late report does not include a grace period and begins on day the day following the due date for the report.

Cooley’s committee finally submitted the report on the day our story was published.

But according to the FEC, Campus Red PAC continues to run afoul of the federal guidelines. In a January 3, 2017 letter, the FEC stated, “Your Committee has failed to file the above-referenced reports in an electronic format. 11 CFR §104.18 states that any committee that receives contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $50,000 in the current calendar year, or that has reason to expect to do so, must submit its reports electronically.” Campus Red PAC sent its handwritten post-election report to Washington, D.C. via FedEx. The FEC states failure to submit electronic reports will place Campus Red PAC in “nonfiler” status subject to fines and other penalties.

Perhaps Cooley and her fellow millennial “leaders” should spend less time taking credit for Donald Trump’s victory and shooting mannequin challenge videos and read the Federal guidelines for political committees.



Published by Tom Lauder

Covering South Florida Politics Since 2010...As Seen On: POLITICO, The Huffington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, WPLG LOCAL 10 (ABC MIAMI), The New Times

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  1. She appears a bit green on this and I’m not out to drain her of her last drop of blood. Haven’t we had enough of that? At least she’s trying and those with experience should have been available for mentoring and/or guidance.


    1. Ah “trying.” Here’s a hypothetical: what if someone says they’re doing something when they’re really not doing anything, is that “trying?” Should we praise someone who boasts of achievements they never accomplished? More to come…


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