Geller Report: It was “an unprecedented nationwide scheme to violate federal campaign finance law in which $84 million was effectively laundered over more than a year by the Hillary Victory Fund through dozens of state political party committees to the Democratic National Committee and, ultimately, to Hillary for America” during Election, 2016, alleged the Committee to Defend the President (CDP) in a lawsuit [04/16/18] “to compel the Federal Election Commission to take action.” [See lawsuit’s documents at end of story].
Consider this metaphor of gambling in Las Vegas. At the Election Plaza Hotel, inside the casino’s security office, we’re watching TV screens of gamblers, donating to campaigns. The House has rules about who, and how much money, can be played.
“Here’s what you can do, legally,” according to Dan Backer [Investor’s Business Daily]. “Per election, an individual donor can contribute $2,700 to any candidate, $10,000 to any state party committee, and (during the 2016 cycle) $33,400 to a national party’s main account. These groups can all get together and take a single check from a donor for the sum of those contribution limits [,] it’s legal because the donor cannot exceed the base limit for any one recipient. And state parties can make unlimited transfers to their national party.”
Back to our metaphor: A player, donating money, moves three chips to the center of the table: one chip ($2,700) intended for a candidate; a second chip ($10,000) intended for a state party committee; and a third chip ($33,400) intended for a national party’s main account. There are many players at this table, and there are about 50 tables at this game, all sponsored by a Joint Fundraising Committee (JFC).
“Here’s what you can’t do,” explains Backer: “[W]hich the Clinton machine appeared to do anyway. As the Supreme Court made clear in McCutcheon v. FEC, the JFC may not solicit or accept contributions to circumvent base limits, through ‘earmarks’ and ‘straw men’ that are ultimately excessive.”
Back to our metaphor: The aggregated chips should have been separated as donations later. Instead, like a shell game, the straw men’s chips remained as aggregate donations and eventually earmarked to?
You guessed it: “Finally, as Donna Brazile and others admitted, the [Democratic National Committee] placed the funds under the Clinton campaign’s direct control, a massive breach of campaign finance law that ties the conspiracy together,” Backer summarized: “Democratic donors, knowing the funds would end up with Clinton’s campaign, wrote six-figure checks to influence the election [,] 100 times larger than allowed.” MORE HERE