Trump’s Education Sec’y Nominee Owes Ohio

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Democratic senators are calling on Betsy DeVos — President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary — to ensure that a political action committee she controlled pays $5.3 million in fines and penalties owed for campaign finance violations.

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education (AP Images)
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DeVos’ All Children Matter PAC broke Ohio election law by funneling $870,000 in contributions from its nationwide PAC to its Ohio affiliate in 2008. The state of Ohio later fined the group $5 million. That fine hasn’t been paid yet.

Five Democratic senators have written DeVos to express concern that she and her PAC would — in the lawmakers’ words — “brazenly disregard election law and blatantly refuse to take responsibility and pay” the fines.

The senators note that, as education secretary, DeVos would oversee repayment of $1 trillion in debt from millions of student-loan borrowers.

You can read the letter in it’s entirety, here.