The president of the United States is set to buy thousands of brass desk lighters from a company that is the latest Trump administration official to make a political donation.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that the Trump administration would not be making a donation to a nonprofit that has been accused of using the nonprofit to make illegal campaign contributions.
Sanders said the administration would be “notifying donors and will not be giving any political donations.”
The campaign finance disclosure form does not identify who is funding the campaign but it is generally assumed that it is the Democratic National Committee, Sanders said.
The RNC is the political arm of the Democratic Party and is the largest political donor in the U.S.
The group, the Committee to Restore America’s Greatness, has been embroiled in a scandal since its founder and former chairman, Allen West, pleaded guilty last month to making a $10,000 campaign contribution.
West and a top aide, Rick Wiley, were sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $3 million in fines for illegally giving more than $20,000 to the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the months before she won the election.
The Trump administration is looking into the legality of the contributions.
West pleaded guilty to four counts of making illegal campaign campaign contributions and was sentenced to four years in prison.
The White House did not respond to questions about whether the Trump campaign would be donating to the committee.
The Republican National Committee also declined to comment.
West’s co-defendants, Wiley and David Brock, have been charged with illegal campaign contribution violations.
They were charged with contributing $10 million to the Clinton campaign.