Senators call for Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, to pay $5.3M in fines

In a letter to Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, several Senators called on her to pay the $5.3 million in fines and penalties owed by her political action committee (PAC) for numerous campaign finance violations.

Donald Trump nominated a woman who refuses to pay her debts at a time when Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in federal student loans.

“We are writing to express significant concerns about the failure of the All Children Matter Political Action Committee (PAC) to pay Ohio $5.3 million in fines and late fees for violating the state’s campaign finance laws,” Democratic Sens. Bernie Sanders, Mark Udall, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, and Edward Markey recently wrote in a letter to Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. “At the time of the violations, you were the head of the organization, and you and your husband were one of the PAC’s biggest contributors.”

The senators continued,

“If confirmed as Secretary of Education, you would be responsible for administering our nation’s student loan programs and ensuring that borrowers repay their loans in a timely manner. However, the PAC that you chaired failed to pay fines that were imposed on it over eight years ago. This demonstrates a serious lack of judgment by the PAC’s board and a willingness to avoid paying legally obligated public debts.”