- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2016

An anti-Trump political action committee filed a complaint against Donald Trump with the Federal Election Commission Thursday, accusing him of breaking the law by using personal staffers for campaign business.

Meredith McIver, who wrote Melania Trump’s convention speech, is an employee for the Trump Organization — the billionaire businessman’s main corporation. The campaign said she volunteered her time to help the campaign and to write the speech, so there was no need to report her as a paid employee on official campaign filings.

Ms. McIver released a public apology for cribbing parts of Mrs. Trump’s speech from first lady Michelle Obama, and said she offered to resign, but Mr. Trump refused to accept it.

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump said since Ms. McIver’s resignation offer was to the Trump Organization rather than to the campaign, that shows she wasn’t volunteering her time and was instead acting as a paid employee of the corporation, on behalf of Mr. Trump. That, the group said, should have been reported on monthly FEC reports.

“If she was a volunteer for the campaign, then there should have been no job to resign from,” said Scott Dworkin, an adviser to the coalition.


• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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