Stephen Bannon Collected $1 Million Dollars in Illegal Payments During Campaign
So much for the Bannon’s talking points-‘Sure, he’s a an American Nazi but at least he’s not corrupt.’
“Steve Bannon reported to the FBI for allegedly violating campaign finance laws.”
“Donald Trump’s senior White House adviser may have been paid illegally during the campaign with super PAC funds.”
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 12, 2017
I just don’t know what to believe. I thought he was an honest anti Semite who was going to drain the swamp.
“A campaign finance watchdog group has filed a complaint alleging that a pro-Trump super PAC improperly funneled payments to Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign CEO and now his chief strategist, in violation of the law.”
“Bannon joined the Trump campaign following the resignation of former campaign head Paul Manafort.”
“In short, a hidden donor allegedly paid a shell company for “services” to mask hidden payments to the Trump campaign or his staff.”
“The case centers around Make America Number 1 — a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC that was repurposed after its primary backers, hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer — which decided to back Trump. The super PAC’s former president, Kellyanne Conway, then went on to work as Trump’s campaign manager. Furthermore, Breitbart, which was run by Bannon before he became Trump’s campaign chairman, is at least partially owned by the Mercers.”
Scott Dworkin’s group, The Democratic Coalition Against Trump is all over this one.
“In a statement Tuesday, The Democratic Coalition Against Trump explained why they reported Bannon to the FBI, which enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act:
“According to FEC records, $950,090 was paid to Bannon’s company, Glittering Steel LLC, over the course of the campaign by pro-Trump super PAC, Make America Number 1. The super PAC is mainly backed by Robert and Rebekah Mercer, and Rebekah was recently named to Trump’s transition team. The most recent payment made to Glittering Steel LLC was on November 5, 2016, and a full list of the expenditures made by the PAC to Bannon’s company can be found here. Before Bannon became Trump campaign CEO in August of this year, Glittering Steel LLC was reported to the FEC at Breitbart’s address in Beverly Hills, CA. Right after Bannon became CEO, however, Glittering Steel LLC was exclusively reported to the FEC at an address in Arlington, VA.”
“It is against campaign finance law for super PACs to directly coordinate with the campaigns they support, so Bannon’s role as both an employee of the super PAC and campaign CEO would have broken the law.”
“The Democratic Coalition provided the FBI with a full list of all payments made.”
“Bannon’s production company Glittering Steel LLC received $187,500 in five checks from the Mercers’ PAC between Oct. 1 and Nov. 5, according to a recent FEC filing. Both Bannon and Rebekah Mercer were the producers behind the propaganda film based on a book by Peter Schweizer, “Clinton Cash,” released by Glitter Steel.”
There’s actually more than a little irony in the Democratic Coalition protesting the payment for the film based on Clinton Cash. For the FBI that might hit too close to home as reportedly the FBI opened an investigation into the Clinton Foundation based on nothing but the slanderous Clinton Cash.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out this week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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