June 16, 2024

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an unbiased candidate for president, is being questioned by the Federal Election Fee for funds his marketing campaign made to his daughter-in-law final yr, in line with a brand new letter first reviewed by CNBC.

The FEC despatched Kennedy’s marketing campaign a letter on Tuesday, asking for particulars about “funds to members of the candidate’s household” between July 1 and Sept. 30.

The FEC threatened to take authorized motion in opposition to the Kennedy marketing campaign if the funds to relations didn’t mirror the truthful market worth of legit marketing campaign providers.

Though the letter doesn’t title the member of the family, Kennedy’s daughter-in-law, Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, is the one member of the family who acquired funds from Robert F. Kennedy’s marketing campaign for president in the course of the interval in query.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a son of the late Legal professional Basic Robert F. Kennedy, rose to recent prominence in recent times as a vaccine skeptic. A lifelong Democrat, Kennedy launched a marketing campaign for president in opposition to fellow Democrat Joe Biden final April. In October, he switched to a 3rd get together run.

Polling on Kennedy has different broadly, and it’s unclear how critical a menace he poses to Biden’s reelection effort. In December, Quinnipiac College launched a survey of registered voters that confirmed Kennedy would win 22% of the vote in a hypothetical three-way race, with Trump at 36% and Biden taking 38%.

Amaryllis Fox Kennedy is a former Central Intelligence Company officer who’s married to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s son, Robert F. Kennedy III.

Regardless of missing any apparent expertise in political campaigns, Kennedy was formally named supervisor of her father-in-law’s presidential marketing campaign in October. She changed former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, the earlier marketing campaign supervisor.

Till her father-in-law ran for president, Amaryllis Kennedy had by no means acquired compensation from a federal political marketing campaign, in line with FEC information.

Starting in June of final yr, FEC information present that Kennedy’s daughter in-law started gathering a wage from the marketing campaign for what it described in filings as “administrative” work.

Over the following 4 months, the marketing campaign reported paying Amaryllis Kennedy roughly $70,000.

“Wage funds made to members of the candidate’s household represent private use of marketing campaign funds except the member of the family is offering bona fide providers to the marketing campaign,” the FEC stated in its letter to the Kennedy marketing campaign Tuesday.

“If a member of the family is offering bona fide providers to the marketing campaign, any wage cost in extra of the truthful market worth of the providers offered is private use,” the fee wrote.

A Kennedy marketing campaign spokesperson didn’t reply to a request for touch upon the letter from CNBC. The marketing campaign has till Feb. 13 to answer the FEC.

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