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Romney donor ‘C.Moore Bacon’ should be refunded, FEC suggests

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Anyone with a glancing familiarity with middle-school humor could tell you that a name like “C. Moore Bacon” is likely a pseudonym.

A gentleman with that peculiar name appears on a recent letter from the Federal Election Commission to Romney Victory Inc., a joint fundraising organization led by the former GOP presidential nominee.

The  FEC suggested that the Romney PAC should return Mr. Bacon’s $50,000 contribution. Not, though, because he is possibly a figment of someone’s rather juvenile imagination, but rather because the generous fellow appears to be otherwise ineligible to contribute to Romney: he claimed to hail from Maidenhead, England, and he listed his employer as the “British Royal Army” (could be he’s “Capt. Bacon,” then, or even “Gen. Bacon”).

Foreign nationals, of course, are not permitted to donate to U.S. elections, and the FEC flagged him as a “possible foreign national.” A representative of Red Curve Solutions, the company that handles compliance for the PAC, didn’t return the Loop’s calls seeking comment on the FEC’s beef with Bacon.

Fictitious donor names are no innovation. In the 2008 campaign, a donor named “Jgtj Jfggjjfgj” contributed to President Obama, for example, and a “Jesus II” to the campaign of Sen. John McCain.

Perhaps the mysterious Bacon is a distant cousin of Seymour Butts, the popular American author of the bestselling “Under the Bleachers.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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