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.