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    Trump Pick for US Education Chief Owes $5Mln for Violating Election Laws

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    Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the US Department of Education, owes more than $5.3 million for election law violations, media reported.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — "The unpaid fine dates back to 2008, when All Children Matter — a group that lobbied for school-choice legislation and was run by DeVos — broke Ohio election law by funneling $870,000 in contributions through its nationwide PAC [political action committee] to its Ohio affiliate, according to the Ohio Elections Commission," Politico said on Tuesday.

    The state commission informed the group that sort of spending was not permissible in Ohio, but DeVos' group did it anyway, the report added.

    Trump’s transition team announced last week that the President-elect will nominate DeVos as his Secretary of Education. DeVos’ nomination needs to be confirmed by the US Senate.

    DeVos has been a leader in the national school reform movement, a successful businesswoman and a philanthropist, according to Trump’s transition team. She also headed the Republican Party chapter in the US state of Michigan.

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