A businessman from Houston, Texas, has been convicted of making illegal campaign contributions in 2017, the Department of Justice has announced.
James D. Dannenbaum, 80, pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Federal Election Campaign Act. He had been accused of being part of a scheme run through his former company, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation (DEC) that paid illegal contributions to 2017 campaigns committees for U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dannenbaum admitted that from 2015 through 2017, he and DEC made $323,300 in illegal conduit contributions through various employees and their family members to federal candidates and their committees.
They were then reimbursed by the company via corporate funds. The DOJ press release did not state what campaigns were given the contributions.
The company has agreed to pay a $1.6 million criminal fine for its involvement in a multi-year conduit contribution scheme.