Apparently, Hillary Clinton and her campaign failed to follow the rules again. Not so much as failed, but it seems that they tried to skirt around the law and cover their trail. They did not properly report the services of Fusion GPS in their campaign finances reports. They used a company to cover up paying for getting the dirt on Donald Trump. Will there be serious charges?
As Written By John Sexton for Hot Air:
Lawnews reports a group called the Campaign Legal Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) claiming the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) violated the law by not accurately reporting their campaign expenditures. The complaint states that by not disclosing the purpose of large disbursements of money the campaign and DNC effectively hid the money under the bland category of “legal services” when in fact that money was going toward oppo-research. From the complaint:
During the 2016 election cycle, Hillary for America reported $5,631,421 in payments to Perkins Coie with the purpose described as “Legal Services.” The DNC reported paying Perkins Coie $6,466,711 for “Legal and Compliance Consulting.” However, the Post reported — and Perkins Coie itself largely confirmed — that Hillary for America and the DNC “shared the cost” of paying Fusion GPS through Perkins Coie to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump. Therefore, the purpose of at least some portion of the payments to Perkins Coie was not for legal services; instead, those payments were intended to fund opposition research.
This false reporting clearly failed the Commission’s requirements for disclosing the purpose of a disbursement. Describing payments as being for “legal services” or “legal and compliance consulting” when they are actually for opposition research is not “sufficiently specific to make the purpose of the disbursement clear,” and certainly would not allow “a
person not associated with the committee [to] easily discern why the disbursement was made when reading the name of the recipient and the purpose.”
The law requires campaigns to identify the recipient along with the ” date, amount, and purpose” of any expenditure over $200. We know the law firm received about $12 million from the DNC and the campaign but we still don’t know how much of that money went to ………
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