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The administration is looking into the use by President Barack Obama’s administration of editing tools that were developed by the Washington-based nonprofit Center for American Progress and are now used by other political campaigns, a senior administration official told The Hill on Wednesday.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing work by the White House on issues of national security and political transparency.
The use of those editing tools by the Obama administration could be a violation of federal campaign finance laws, the official said.
The officials also said they do not know if any campaign has used the editing tools or how it has been used.
The Justice Department is investigating whether the Obama campaign improperly used those tools and whether there were any violations of federal law, according to the official, who did not speak on the record about the investigation.
The inspector general’s office said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley that it was aware of the investigation and that it would be looking into any potential violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, which was signed into law in 1972.
The law prohibits political action committees from accepting or accepting contributions from individuals or entities with ties to foreign governments or individuals or foreign entities.
The IG also said that the Justice Department has not yet completed its review of the Center for Americans Progress.
The Hill reported in May that the Obama Justice Department was investigating the Center’s use of the editing software.
In its response to the Hill, the White Street Institute said it did not use the editing tool.
In a statement, the Center wrote, “It is critical to our mission that our work be transparent, nonpartisan, and accurate to the American people.
The Center has always focused on ensuring that our stories are fact-based and accurate.”
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), which is backed by the Clinton Foundation and the Progressive Policy Institute, is the nonprofit arm of progressive billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
The group was founded by Soros in 2005, according a nonprofit watchdog group.
CDT was one of several organizations that supported a 2011 audit of the Clinton State Department’s use and management of email during the tenure of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.