On December 10, 2015, the Commission moved to amend its complaint against Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson to add John Swallow as a defendant. In June, the Commission had filed suit against Johnson, alleging that he knowingly and willfully used straw donors to exceed contribution limits to federal candidates.
The Commission alleges that Swallow violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by knowingly and willfully making contributions in the names of others when he caused, helped, and assisted Johnson’s scheme. See 52 U.S.C. § 30122. The FEC argues that its motion should be granted because of the overlapping fact patterns and legal issues involved, and states that both Swallow and Johnson reasonably should have been aware that Swallow could be added as a defendant.
- FEC v. Johnson litigation page