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Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Malinowski introduces bill targeting scam fundraising committees

By Joey Fox, January 25 2022 3:57 pm

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), alongside fellow swing-district Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), introduced a bill today aimed at preventing so-called “Scam PACs” from fraudulently soliciting political donations and keeping the proceeds for themselves.

If passed by Congress, the Stopping Corrupt Actors from Making Political Action Committees (SCAM PAC) Act will ban political action committees from making disbursements to anyone closely involved in the management of the PAC or their immediate family members.

“Since my first days in Congress I have been fighting to reform our nation’s campaign finance system,” Malinowski said. “We have overwhelming evidence showing how SCAM PACs are defrauding the American people. This legislation will ban these predatory actors, and finally put an end to one of the most egregious practices in political fundraising.”

The bill is Malinowski’s latest foray into the world of good governance as he faces a difficult re-election contest in the redrawn 7th congressional district.

Just yesterday, Malinowski joined a bipartisan coalition of his colleagues on a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to back legislation that would ban members of Congress from trading individual stocks. Malinowski himself is under inquiry by the House Ethics Committee for stock trades he made in 2020, but the congressman has since put his stocks in a blind trust.

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