In what was initially just a piece of unverified propaganda published by Buzzfeed, but the story behind the anti-Trump dossier they published in January could have major consequences.
As we reported last week, Hillary Clinton may have racked up some campaign finance fraud charges to boot in regards to the revelation that the Clinton campaign helped fund the notorious unverified and discredited anti-Trump dossier that Buzzfeed infamously published.
The non-profit “Campaign Legal Center” has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission arguing that Hillary and the DNC keeping these payments a secret was a violation of campaign finance laws.
According to the CLC’s website: CLC filed a complaint with the FEC alleging the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law. They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law.
More specifically, the complaint alleges that Hillary’s campaign Hillary for America failed to file accurate reports in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), U.S.C. 30101, and commission regulations.
Then CNN is found themselves in trouble after failing to disclose a conflict of interest when it came to their reporting on the Trump/Russia dossier published by Buzzfeed back in January. As it turns out, the network has close ties to Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm at the center of the dossier controversy.
As is to be expected on anything anti-Trump, CNN’s reporting on the dossier has been mostly favorable to Fusion GPS. The reporting on this particular matter has been led by the network’s justice correspondent, Evan Perez, who has largely relied on “unnamed sources” and has a connection with a number of Fusion’s operatives.
And now, there’s some involvement from former President Barack Obama.
According to the Daily Mail, President Trump accused Barack Obama’s campaign arm of funneling nearly $1 million to the law firm that served as a pass-through last year between Democrats and Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that produced a salacious and discredited ‘dirty dossier’ on the president.
Trump was extrapolating on a report in The Federalist, a conservative blog that found the payments from Obama’s campaign to the law firm in federal election finance records.
‘Report out that Obama Campaign paid $972,000 to Fusion GPS. The firm also got $12,400,000 (really?) from DNC. Nobody knows who OK’d!’ the president tweeted on Monday.
Report out that Obama Campaign paid $972,000 to Fusion GPS. The firm also got $12,400,000 (really?) from DNC. Nobody knows who OK'd!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
The Federalist reported that since April 2016, Obama For America has made payments of at least $972,000 to Perkins Coie, a law firm with deep ties to the Democratic National Committee.
Obama for America also paid Perkins Coie for ‘legal services,’ the Federalist said. The author speculated in the report what services Perkins Coie might actually have provided to OFA.
Some of the money the DNC and the Clinton campaign sent Perkins Coie in 2016 for ‘legal services’ is known to have ended up at Fusion GPS.
Federal Election Commission records show that the law firm cashed checks from the entities for a sum total of $12.4 million during last year’s presidential election cycle. It’s impossible to determine how much of that money ended up at Fusion GPS.
The plot thickens…