August 30, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
The President of a super PAC in Puerto Rico, who pleaded guilty to hiding the identity of donors who supported the US territory governor during his 2020 election campaign, was sentenced last Friday to 14 months in federal prison.
Joseph Fuentes Fernandez also served as treasurer of Salvemo a Puerto Rico, Let’s Save Puerto Rico and had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a governor’s campaign.
Fuentes and others were accused of forming two shell non-profit organizations and soliciting donations.
The US Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico said Fuentes and others then reported to the Federal Election Commission that the two non-profits had donated funds instead of revealing the true source behind the money. Super PACs, unlike traditional PACs, are barred from donating money directly to political candidates.
They also are required to report donors to the Federal Elections Commissions.