After news broke that Hillary Clinton’s presidential Campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid to create the “Trump-Russia” dossier and spread it around D.C., an official complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The Campaign Legal Center, a non-partisan group, said within the complaint that the Clinton campaign and the DNC broke campaign finance laws after failing to “accurately disclose payments related to the so-called Trump Dossier,” Law Newz reported.
In the report exposing these two Democratic organizations it was also revealed that Hillary’s top legal counsel, Mark Elias, hired the Democratic firm Fusion GPS to gather ‘research’ on Trump.
The complaint, filed by the FEC’s former Associate General Counsel for Policy Adav Noti, stated:
- This complaint is filed pursuant to 52 U.S.C. § 30109(a)(1) and is based on information providing reason to believe that the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”)(C00010603) and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign committee Hillary for America (C00575795) have failed to file accurate reports, in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (“FECA”), 52 U.S.C. § 30101, et seq., and Commission regulations.
- Specifically, the DNC and Hillary for American reported dozens of payments totaling millions of dollars to the law firm Perkins Coie with the purpose described as “Legal Services” or “Legal and Compliance Consulting,” when in reality, at least some of those payments were earmarked for the firm Fusion GPS, with the purpose of conducting opposition research on Donald Trump. By failing to file accurate reports, the DNC and Hillary for America undermined the vital public information role that reporting is intended to serve.
- “If the Commission, upon receiving a complaint . . . has reason to believe that a person has committed, or is about to commit, a violation of [FECA] . . . [t]he Commission shall make an investigation of such alleged violation. . . .” 52 U.S.C. § 30109(a)(2) (emphasis added); see also 11 C.F.R. § 111.4(a) (emphasis added).
Law Newz, which obtained the document, said that it is illegal for a “campaign to pay a law firm who then hires other [firm] to perform campaign-related activities without reporting the purpose of the expenditures.”
They would know too since the publication cited campaign legal experts.
Via the Daily Wire: Elias hired Fusion GPS to conduct “research” on Trump; Fusion GPS then hired former British spy Christopher Steele to conduct the research and compile the “Trump-Russia” dossier.
The complaint included a section from The Washington Post’s report noting the amount of money that the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid to Elias’ law firm — Perkins Coie:
The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie $5.6 million in legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016, according to campaign finance records, and the DNC paid the firm $3.6 million in “legal and compliance consulting’’ since November 2015 — though it’s impossible to tell from the filings how much of that work was for other legal matters and how much of it related to Fusion GPS.
The report from Law Newz also states that if the FEC finds that violations were made, then the DNC and the Clinton campaign could face fines — fines that will increase if it is determined that they intentionally misled the public.