Two government reform organizations today accused a mysterious Delaware-based company of violating federal campaign finance laws.
As first reported by the Center for Public Integrity, Decor Services LLC contributed $250,000 on Jan. 12 to America Leads, a super PAC that backed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s failed presidential bid.
Donald Simon, general counsel for Democracy 21, argued that this limited liability company could simply be an “anonymous conduit” for “hiding the true source of the funds.” That’s why, along with the Campaign Legal Center, the group has now asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate the matter.
The only name connected to Decor Services LLC in public records is the Wilmington, Delaware-based Corporation Service Company, a firm that serves as a registered agent for thousands of corporate entities.
Adding to the mystery? Decor Services LLC’s six-figure donation came just 16 days after the company’s formation.
As the Center for Public Integrity has previously noted, limited liability companies formed in Delaware are essentially black boxes.
Certain limited liability companies have long been allowed to make limited donations directly to political candidates. But in such cases, a living, breathing human must be named as the source of the money.
At the federal level, LLCs cannot be used by individuals to evade campaign contribution limits.