Rep. Mia Love responds to FEC complaint, denies wrongdoing


SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Representative Mia Love claims the Federal Election Commission cleared her of any wrongdoing in fundraising campaign funds.

Last month, the Alliance for a Better Utah filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Rep. Love saying she raised more than a million dollars for a primary election she knew she wouldn’t have. Rep. Love is standing by her statement that she was cleared by the FEC, citing a call she received from the group.

“The reality is we got a call and they were giving us advice and the advice that we were given is that we could keep all the primary funds that we have raised through the convention and that the agency attorneys agree with the legal assessments made,” said Rep. Love.

However, representatives with the Alliance for a Better Utah, the group the filed the original complaint, don’t believe that’s what happened.

“I guess the statement from the campaign was trying to portray an unofficial conversation with a staffer as a clearance or a clearance of wrongdoing of everything that has happened so far. That couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Chase Thomas, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah.

We reached out to the FEC, they can confirm they have received a complaint but have no further comment.

Rep. Love is standing by what she says the FEC told her and now she’s taking legal action against an ad from a political action committee accusing her of illegally raising campaign funds.

“The words illegal, they cannot use, because no one has said anything was illegal, not one person,” said Rep. Love

Alliance for a Better Utah says that’s still to be determined. 

“Alliance for a better Utah still has an open complaint with the FEC, and there hasn’t been anything official that has happened in this matter,” said Thomas.

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