FEC complaint accuses Clinton campaign, DNC of violating campaign finance law with dossier payments

FEC complaint accuses Clinton campaign, DNC of violating campaign finance law with dossier payments, Washington TimesDave Boyer, October 25, 2017

(But what difference does it make now! — DM)

FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Benghazi Committee.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee violated campaign finance law by failing to disclose payments for a dossier on Donald Trump, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

The complaint from the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center said the Democrats effectively hid the payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law. By law, campaign and party committees must disclose the reason money is spent and its recipient.

“By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures,” said Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and strategy at CLC and a former FEC official. “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.”

Media reports on Tuesday alleged that a lawyer for the Clinton campaign hired Fusion GPS to investigate Mr. Trump in April 2016. The private research firm reportedly hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy with ties to the FBI, to conduct the opposition research, and he compiled a dossier containing allegations about Mr. Trump’s connections to Russia.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC funded the effort until the end of October 2016, just days before the election.

“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,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform at CLC. “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.”

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6 Comments on “FEC complaint accuses Clinton campaign, DNC of violating campaign finance law with dossier payments”

  1. Hadenoughalready Says:

    What does this wretched hag have to do, what crimes do these reprobates have to commit to have their asses thrown in jail?

    Their freedom to roam about as though they’re made of Teflon and irreproachable only further serves to prove that we, indeed, have a two-tier justice system. And it’s disgusting!

    At the very least, why hasn’t her passport been seized? Why does she still maintain a security clearance for her “memoirs”?

    And where the hell is Sessions on this??? All I hear from him is MS-13. Granted, their arrest is important but so is hers and those who abetted her.

    His myopic focus on street gangs and illegals, though crucial, is further proof that the “little people” are more dangerous than those at the top; who sell nuclear materials to our foes. REALLY?

    My apologies for ranting… I remain disgusted!

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      The Explorer – Poem by Rudyard Kipling

      “There’s no sense in going further —
      it’s the edge of cultivation,”
      So they said, and I believed it —
      broke my land and sowed my crop —
      Built my barns and strung my fences
      in the little border station
      Tucked away below the foothills
      where the trails run out and stop.

      Till a voice, as bad as Conscience,
      rang interminable changes
      In one everlasting Whisper
      day and night repeated — so:
      “Something hidden. Go and find it.
      Go and look behind the Ranges —
      Something lost behind the Ranges.
      Lost and waiting for you. Go!”

      So I went, worn out of patience;
      never told my nearest neighbours —
      Stole away with pack and ponies —
      left ’em drinking in the town;
      And the faith that moveth mountains
      didn’t seem to help my labours
      As I faced the sheer main-ranges,
      whipping up and leading down.

      March by march I puzzled through ’em,
      turning flanks and dodging shoulders,
      Hurried on in hope of water,
      headed back for lack of grass;
      Till I camped above the tree-line —
      drifted snow and naked boulders —
      Felt free air astir to windward —
      knew I’d stumbled on the Pass.

      ‘Thought to name it for the finder;
      but that night the Norther found me —
      Froze and killed the plains-bred ponies;
      so I called the camp Despair.
      (It’s the Railway Cap today, though.)
      Then my whisper waked to hound me:
      “Something lost behind the Ranges.
      Over yonder! Go you there!”

      Then I knew, the while I doubted —
      knew His Hand was certain o’er me.
      Still — it might be self-delusion —
      scores of better men had died —
      I could reach the township living,
      but … He knows what terrors tore me …
      But I didn’t … but I didn’t.
      I went down the other side.

      Till the snow ran out in flowers,
      and the flowers turned to aloes,
      And the aloes sprung to thickets
      and a brimming stream ran by;
      But the thickets dwined to thorn-scrub,
      and the water drained to shallows,
      And I dropped again on
      desert-blasted earth and blasting sky …

      I remember lighting fires;
      I remember sitting by them;
      I remember seeing faces,
      hearing voices through the smoke;
      I remember they were fancy —
      for I threw a stone to try ’em.
      “Something lost behind the Ranges”
      was the only word they spoke.

      I remember going crazy.
      I remember that I knew it
      When I heard myself hallooing
      to the funny folk I saw.
      Very full of dreams that desert;
      but my two legs took me through it …
      And I used to watch ’em moving
      with the toes all black and raw.

      But at last the country altered —
      White Man’s country past disputing —
      Rolling grass and open timber,
      with a hint of hills behind —
      There I found me food and water,
      and I lay a week recruiting,
      Got my strength and lost my nightmares.
      Then I entered on my find.

      Thence I ran my first rough survey —
      chose my trees and blazed and ringed ’em —
      Week by week I pried and sampled —
      week by week my findings grew.
      Saul, he went to look for donkeys,
      and by God he found a kingdom!
      But by God, who sent His Whisper,
      I had struck the worth of two!

      Up along the hostile mountains,
      where the hair-poised snowslide shivers —
      Down and through the big fat marshes
      that the virgin ore-bed stains,
      Till I heard the mild-wide mutterings
      of unimagined rivers,
      And beyond the nameless timber
      saw illimitable plains!

      Plotted sites of future cities,
      traced the easy grades between ’em;
      Watched unharnessed rapids wasting
      fifty thousand head an hour;
      Counted leagues of water frontage
      through the axe-ripe woods that screen ’em —
      Saw the plant to feed a people —
      up and waiting for the power!

      Well, I know who’ll take the credit —
      all the clever chaps that followed —
      Came a dozen men together —
      never knew my desert fears;
      Tracked me by the camps I’d quitted,
      used the water holes I’d hollowed.
      They’ll go back and do the talking.
      They’ll be called the Pioneers!

      They will find my sites of townships —
      not the cities that I set there.
      They will rediscover rivers —
      not my rivers heard at night.
      By my own old marks and bearings
      they will show me how to get there,
      By the lonely cairns I builded
      they will guide my feet aright.

      Have I named one single river:
      Have I claimed one single acre?
      Have I kept one single nugget —
      (barring samples?) No, not I!
      Because my price was paid me
      ten times over by my Maker.
      But you wouldn’t understand it.
      You go up and occupy.

      Ores you’ll find there; wood and cattle;
      water-transit sure and steady,
      (That should keep the railway rates down;)
      coal and iron at your doors.
      God took care to hide that country
      till He judged His people ready,
      Then He chose me for His Whisper,
      and I’ve found it, and it’s yours!

      Yes, your “never-never country” —
      yes, your “edge of cultivation”
      And “no sense in going further” —
      till I crossed the range to see.
      God forgive me! No, I didn’t.
      It’s God’s present to our nation.
      Anybody might have found it —
      but His Whisper came to Me!
      Rudyard Kipling

      • Tom Carter Says:

        Was this newly “found” country inhabited by human beings when it was “found?” If so, how could it be “God’s present to our nation” if He had already given it to another nation?

        Kipling may have been inspired by some remote part of India (including what is now Pakistan), or he may even have had North America in mind. In either case, I detect a note of irony here, in the illustration of an “advanced” people finding and occupying the land of a “primitive” people. The religious reference is a hint, given that Kipling himself wasn’t particularly religious.

        I say this not just to be contrarian. I’ve often thought about the terrible fate that befell Native Americans (Indians, if you like) when their lands were “discovered” by the Europeans.

        • joopklepzeiker Says:

          Tom, Can you convert this into modern times,methods and motivation ?

          • Tom Carter Says:

            I suppose so, considering situations like “lost” tribes of people in the Amazon occupying land wanted by others for its resources.

            The main point, though, is the concept of “discovering” something, like a river or a valley or even a continent, that has been occupied and “owned” by other people since time immemorial. And the likelihood that they took it from even earlier occupants and wiped them out in the process of “discovering.”

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            The new speak is no, liberating, bringing democracy, humanity , and of coarse Climate change .

            I,am still waiting for the alien argument .


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