According to The New York Times, one of Hillary Clinton’s donors paid $500,000 to fund women willing to accuse President Trump of sexual misconduct before the 2016 election.
Susie Tompkins Buell, the founder of Esprit Clothing, gave the money to celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom who was working with a number of Trump accusers at the time.
Bloom solicited donors by saying she was working with women who might “find the courage to speak out” against Trump if the donors would provide funds for security, relocation and possibly a “safe house,” the paper reported.
Another Clinton ally, David Brock also donated $200,000 to the effort through a nonprofit group he founded, the paper reported in an article entitled, “Partisans, Wielding Money, Begin Seeking to Exploit Harassment Claims.”
Bloom told the Times that the effort was unproductive. One woman requested $2 million then decided not to come forward. Nor did any other women. The Times article said it learned of Buell and Brock’s connection to Bloom from two Democrats familiar with the financial arrangements who also said Bloom’s law firm kept the money from Brock’s nonprofit group but refunded the $500,000 that Buell contributed.