Campus Red PAC Facing More Federal Fines Over Money Reports

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.

 

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CAMPUS RED PAC MISSES FEDERAL DEADLINE, FACES FINE AND OTHER PENALTIES 


The controversial “Campus Red PAC” is facing fines from the Federal government for failing to submit a financial report. According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), all politicial committees were required to file a post-election financial report on December 8, 2016. On December 28th, the FEC sent a letter to the Broward home of Lauren Cooley, the 24 year-old musician behind “Campus Red PAC.”

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.

On social media, Lauren Cooley has touted “Campus Red PAC” as a main reason Donald Trump won the State of Florida. In her failed campaign for Broward Republican Party vice-chair, Cooley claimed her committee registered thousands of college students to vote in the November election.  In a November email to members of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC), Cooley wrote, “In less than 6 months, I fundraised…and executed a cutting edge field program, resulting in the registration of roughly 11,000 conservative students, all in the state of Florida.” Cooley made the same claim to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Last month, REDBROWARD exposed how records of third party voter registration groups filed with the State of Florida Division of Elections showed Lauren Cooley’s Campus Red PAC did not come close to registering 11,000 students. According to the State of Florida, Lauren Cooley’s Campus Red Super PAC registered forty-nine people to vote.

49.

The State shows Campus Red received 1,725 applications. Out of the 1,725 applications, Campus Red PAC returned 49 “non-blank” applications. By comparison, Turning Point USA, another conservative college student group, returned 1,841 applications.
Where Did The Money Go?

The post-general election report should contain the donations made to Campus Red PAC in the final days leading up to the general election. More importantly, the report should document the spending by the committee. On many occasions, Lauren Cooley stated her group hired more than a dozen staffers to help registered Florida college students.

In November, REDBROWARD revealed records filed with the Federal Elections Commission showed Cooley and her Campus Red PAC co-founder pocketed most of the money raised by her committee. As of September 30, 2016, Cooley and treasurer Cade Marsh received nearly 80% of Campus Red PAC expenses.

Cooley received “retainer” payments of $2,000 each in August and September. Marsh, head of a Florida college Republican group, received the same retainer payments.
In September, Cooley and Marsh received large “reimbursement” payments. There were no other details or itemization for these payments.
Marsh received a $5,971.29 reimbursement while Lauren Cooley received a $4,331.47 reimbursement payment.
As of September 30, 2016 Cooley was paid $8,33.47 by her Campus Red PAC. Records covering October and November have not been filed. As of publication, it is unclear whether Cooley and Marsh received further retainer or reimbursement payments.
Cooley and Marsh received $18,302.76 out the $23,062 operating expenses through September.
Campus Red PAC records show other paid staff received far less than Cooley.

As of September, three college staffers received $250 each as “independent” contractors. The Nova Southeastern University College Republicans received a $150 payment, while the UCF College Republicans got a $100 payment.
In a BREC vice-Chair campaign email, Cooley wrote, “I would like to bring this experience of fundraising and running a full-scale, state-wide campaign to BREC.”

The Broward GOP dodged a bullet when it elected Celeste Ellich over Lauren Cooley earlier this month. If Cooley is so experienced in running a “full-scale, state-wide campaign,” how did her political committee miss an important filing deadline. At the very least, Campus Red PAC will end up owing money to the Federal government.
Maybe Lauren Cooley and Cade Marsh should have spent less time on Twitter making ridiculous, unproven claims that Campus Red PAC helped Donald Trump win the White House. Maybe they should have spent less time on social media picking fights with other young conservative groups or making inaugural plans.

Or maybe they don’t think the rules apply to them?

Disgraced Former Congressman Paid Lauren Cooley Super PAC Days Before Broward Trump Rally


Last August, REDBROWARD exposed how disgraced ex-Congressman Mark Foley created bad press for President-elect Donald J. Trump at a Broward county rally. Multiple sources told REDBROWARD that Lauren Cooley, a twenty-four year old local musician, controlled the seating arrangements in the section behind Donald Trump. These sources stated Cooley was responsible for seating Foley behind the podium at the Trump rally in Sunrise, Florida. Foley’s presence at the rally was used by the liberal media to blunt Trump’s criticism of Hillary Clinton allowing the father of the Pulse nightclub terrorist to sit behind her at a recent Orlando rally.

In 2006, Mark Foley was forced to resign from office after it was revealed he sent sexually charged messages to underage congressional pages. At the time Foley said, “I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent.” The Foley scandal helped Democrats retake control of Congress in 2006.

REDBROWARD’s sources said Cooley was very “hands on” in the seating process. She even threatened to have security remove people who did not belong in her section. Of course, Cooley may not have been aware of this since she was just 14 years old at the time of the Foley scandal. In fact, some Cooley allies claimed she was unaware of Foley’s history or identity.

FOLEY CONTRIBUTED TO COOLEY’S CAMPUS RED SUPER PAC

According to Campus Red PAC financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Mark Foley’s political committee gave Cooley’s group $2,500 just 4 days before the Trump rally in Sunrise. Is it possible Cooley did not know the identity of one of her first big donors? Did Foley write the check to get preferential seating?

Last week, REDBROWARD reported Cooley received payments from her own super PAC.

As of September 30, 2016, Cooley and treasurer Cade Marsh received nearly 80% of Campus Red PAC expenses.

Cooley received “retainer” payments of $2,000 each in August and September. Marsh, head of a Florida college Republican group, received the same retainer payments.

In September, Cooley and Marsh received large “reimbursement” payments. There were no other details or itemization for these payments.

Marsh received a $5,971.29 reimbursement while Lauren Cooley received a $4,331.47 reimbursement payment.

As of September 30, 2016 Cooley was paid $8,33.47 by her Campus Red PAC. Records covering October and November have not been filed. As of publication, it is unclear whether Cooley and Marsh received further retainer or reimbursement payments.

Cooley and Marsh received $18,302.76 out the $23,062 operating expenses through September.

Cooley is currently running to be the vice chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC). Several BREC members and Trump volunteers expressed dismay over the Foley payments to Campus Red PAC. One volunteer told REDBROWARD, “That’s pretty underhanded. Trump did not need more fodder for the media.”