According to a new complaint filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign allegedly colluded together to launder money through state chapters and then back to the campaign, as a way to get around campaign donation limits.
The complaint was filed by a political action committee, The Committee to Defend the President (CDP), a PAC that emerged from the closed “Stop Hillary PAC.
According to the complaint, Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited political donations from big-name donors, including Calvin Klein and Seth MacFarlane. The money was reportedly sent through state chapters, to the DNC, then back to the Clinton campaign.
Based on analysis of FEC reports, the PAC said they discovered that the HVF either never transferred money to state chapters and back to the DNC, or did so without giving the state chapters actual control of the money, Fox News reported.
CDP said approximately $84 million was illegally funneled into the Clinton campaign’s war chest, from the DNC through state party chapters.
“What we have found, people need to see,” Ted Harvey, chairman of the CDP, said. “I think it’s important that the American public has an understanding of how corrupt this campaign system was and that they were doing anything they could to secure the nomination in her favor.”
“Based on publicly available FEC records, repeatedly throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, HVF would purportedly transfer funds to its constituent political committees, which included between 34 and 40 state parties,” reads a passage from a copy of the complaint reviewed by Fox News. “On the very same day each of these transfers supposedly occurred, or occasionally the very next day, every single one of those state parties purportedly contributed all of those funds to the DNC.”
CDP counsel Dan Backer said the scheme was a flagrant violation of a Supreme Court ruling that determined such moves were illegal — and broke FEC campaign contribution rules which state that an individual can contribute only $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign.
Fox News points out that former DNC chair Donna Brazile actually echoed the same concerns in her book she was promoting earlier this year, “Hacks”, as she told how she saw money being moved around.
“Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund—that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement—$320,000—and $33,400 to the DNC,” reads a passage from the book. “The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to [Clinton campaign headquarters in] Brooklyn.”
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