-By Peter H. Stone
July 2, 2011- A foreign subsidiary of Koch Industries has been fined $4,700 by the Federal Election Commission for making 12 illegal donations totaling $26,800 to seven non-federal committees over a four-year period.
Invista S.a.r.l., a Koch subsidiary which is registered in Luxembourg but headquartered in Wichita, Kan., came to the FEC voluntarily with information that it made the illegal donations during the years 2005 through 2009.
Under federal election law, foreign companies are barred from making donations to candidates or committees in federal, state or local elections.
According to an FEC settlement with Invista that was posted Friday, the contributions included six that were made in 2007 to state candidates, a state PAC and a party committee totaling $22,100. The others six were made in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
All the donations were made from Invista’s corporate funds, which were in U.S. banks but originated abroad, according to the FEC.
Invista was acquired by Koch, one of the country’s largest private companies, in 2004 from DuPont. Invista makes and distributes a wide range of fibers and fabrics. All of Invista’s senior employees are U.S. citizens.