Complaint: Trump Making Illegal Secret Payments, Including To His Own Family
(HuffPost) So far, $216.6 million of spending by Trumps campaign and related committees has flowed through just two firms, with no disclosure of how that money was spent.
WASHINGTON President Donald Trumps campaign is violating federal election law by funneling close to a quarter-billion dollars to date through private companies in order to hide the ultimate recipients of the money, including the wife of one of his sons and the girlfriend of another, a watchdog group charged in a complaint filed Tuesday.
The money is being laundered through corporations run by top Trump campaign officials, said Brendan Fischer, a lawyer with the Campaign Legal Center. That has the effect of keeping the public in the dark as to a big chunk of Trump campaign spending.
The groups complaint with the Federal Election Commission asks for an investigation to put an end to the practice and to punish the campaign with fines.
How quickly any of that might happen, though, is an open question, given that the commission currently does not have a quorum to take official actions. Even with one in place, investigations can last for several years.
According to the complaint, both Trumps reelection campaign and a related fundraising group, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, are breaking federal campaign law by running payments through former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscales private firm as well as American Made Media Consultants, a company created specifically to place ads and buy related services for the campaign.
Parscales companies have already received $39 million from Trumps campaign, the Republican National Committee and their joint fundraising committees, according to a HuffPost analysis of FEC filings from Jan. 20, 2017, through the end of June 2020. American Made Media Consultants has been paid $177.6 million from those same committees through that time period.
Among those payments: $180,000 a year each to Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Trumps eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and to Lara Trump, the wife of his second son, Eric Trump.
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For criminal purposes, and hiding payments , and using made up companies for use evading taxes.
And so does the gop. $250M is not pocket change, and the loss of that cash will certainly hurt gop chances.
House members are already complaining that they aren't getting campaign funding help. Now they KNOW where the money is going.
But they will still stay in line. Impressive cohesion. But self defeating.
Why do they put up with it? One senate vote is all it would take. One.
I guess destroying democracy and the country while getting personally rich is too time consuming to pay any attention to these issues.