Report: Democratic National Committee Tops List Of ‘Deceased’ Donors

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Brushing aside the traditional Election Night ballroom festivities in Washington D.C., both political parties do not appear to have planned any big galas as the polls close, with the Democrats appearing to forego any events altogether. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Brushing aside the traditional Election Night ballroom festivities in Washington D.C., both political parties do not appear to have planned any big galas as the polls close, with the Democrats appearing to forego any events altogether. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A new analysis of Federal Election Commission filings finds that 32 “deceased” people donated more than $586,000 to congressional and presidential candidates since Jan. 1, 2009.

According to a USA Today report, the Democratic National Committee was the largest beneficiary of such donations, taking in more than $245,000 from donors who had passed on. DNC representatives have not commented on the report.

Last week, a Super PAC working with Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign received attention after reporting a $100,000 contribution from a Houston GOP donor who had died nearly two months before. The Super PAC quickly submitted a new report to the FEC that showed the contribution as simply a glitch with the date.

Federal laws allow individuals to donate to candidates or parties through their estates post-mortem. However, deceased donors are still subject to contribution limits.

As federal law stands currently, individuals cannot donate more than $5,200 to a federal candidate during an election cycle and no more than $32,400 to a political party each year, USA Today reports.

A Libertarian group currently has a case pending before a federal appellate court that seeks to overturn limits for deceased donors. That lawsuit involves a Tennessee man who contributed more than $217,000 to the Libertarian National Committee in 2007.

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