The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is investigating potentially illegal payments the Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (RFK, Jr.) presidential campaign made to the candidate’s daughter-in-law, Amaryllis Fox Kennedy — a former CIA officer. Kennedy’s campaign is alleged to have paid Fox Kennedy $70,000 for administrative work over just four months.
In a letter to the Kennedy campaign, the FEC asked for documentation regarding the payment and proof the financial compensation was not inordinately above fair-market value. If the campaign is unable to produce the requested documentation and evidence, the FEC warned it would pursue legal action.
“Salary payments made to members of the candidate’s family constitute personal use of campaign funds unless the family member is providing bona fide services to the campaign,” the FEC informed the Kennedy campaign, adding: “If a family member is providing bona fide services to the campaign, any salary payment in excess of the fair market value of the services provided is personal use.”
Amaryllis Fox Kennedy served in an administrative role on RFK, Jr.’s presidential campaign from July to September of 2023. In October of last year, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) resigned as RFK, Jr.’s campaign manager, with Fox Kennedy subsequently taking over the role.
RFK, Jr., a politically liberal Democrat, abandoned his Democrat primary challenge to incumbent President Joe Biden in early October — opting for an independent bid for the presidency instead. While the scion of the Kennedy political dynasty has garnered substantial popularity in general election polls, he has only managed to secure ballot access in a single U.S. state — Utah — as of early January 2024.
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