Washington Post recently revealed that Hillary Clinton and the DNC gave a lot of money for the creation of the Fusion GPS dossier filled with unconfirmed theories about President Trump.
And now the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission saying that Clinton and the DNC hiding these payments was a violation of the federal campaign finance law.
“By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures,” stated the senior director of trial litigation and strategy at CLC and former FEC official, Adav Noti. “Voters need campaign disclosure laws to be enforced so they can hold candidates accountable for how they raise and spend money. The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action.”
“Questions about who paid for this dossier are the subject of intense public interest, and this is precisely the information that FEC reports are supposed to provide,” stated director of federal and FEC reform at CLC, Brendan Fischer. “Payments by a campaign or party committee to an opposition research firm are legal, as long as those payments are accurately disclosed. But describing payments for opposition research as ‘legal services’ is entirely misleading and subverts the reporting requirements.”
Hillary and the DNC knew that they can be tied to the “Trump dossier,” so they hired a law firm to make the payment to the FusionGPS, and that way the firm is tied by a “lawyer-client privilege” from disclosing anything about this payment. Furthermore, Hillary was able to hide the payment by labeling it as “legal services.”
Here is the complaint:
“The Commission has not always required committees to report the identity of subcontractors whom itemized contractors hire, as long as the stated purpose of the payment to the contractor reflected the “actual purpose” of the subsequent payment to the subcontractor, and the contractor receiving the disbursement has an “arms-length” relationship with the committee making the disbursement. See Advisory Opinion 1983-25 (Mondale) at 3. That is not the case here. The stated purpose of the disbursements to Perkins Coie (“Legal Services” or “Legal and Compliance Consulting”) did not reflect the “actual purpose” of how the disbursement was intended to be used in hiring Fusion GPS as a subcontractor. Additionally, Hillary for America and the DNC did not have an arms-length relationship with Perkins Coie; the Chair of that firm’s political law practice, Marc Elias, was the Clinton campaign’s general counsel, and according to the Washington Post was “acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC” when he contracted with Fusion GPS for opposition research.”
Hillary Clinton hasn’t commented on the story yet because she is aware that there are more revelations that will come up, she is waiting for the story to stabilize so she can offer some lie as a response.