The founder and chairperson of a disaster-relief firm paid the Federal Election Commission a $125,000 settlement in June after his company contributed to a pro-Trump super PAC, violating a law that bars government contractors from donating to political committees.
Florida-based AshBritt, Inc. contributed $500,000 to America First Action in April 2018. At the time, AshBritt had a $40 million contract with the Defense Department. The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 prohibits federal contractors from donating to political committees.
In August 2018, a government watchdog, the Campaign Legal Center, filed a complaint with the FEC, alerting it to the donation. AshBritt acknowledged that it cut the $500,000 check, FEC records show, but claimed the payment was charged internally to a personal account the company maintains for its chairperson, Randal Perkins. The FEC noted that AshBrit was unable to document that claim, but the commission ruled that the company’s violation was not knowing or willful.
In June 2021, Perkins agreed to pay a $125,000 civil penalty to the FEC. A spokesperson for AshBritt declined to comment.
Trump’s former White House counsel Don McGahn represented Perkins in the matter.