State Democratic parties, Clinton committee sued for campaign finance violations

In what could revive inflamed passions surrounding the 2016 presidential election, a lawsuit filed in federal court is alleging up to 40 state Democratic parties illegally pumped $84 million in campaign cash to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

According to a lawsuit filed by Virginia political consultant Dan Backer, “an unprecedented, massive, nationwide multi-million dollar conspiracy” occurred between the DNC and the Hillary Victory Fund during the 2016 election cycle.

Backer’s suit alleges the state Democratic parties and Clinton’s campaign violated campaign finance laws through an elaborate scheme in which the Hillary Victory Fund would transfer campaign donations to individual state committees which would return the funds to the DNC, often within days of receiving the cash.

“You had individuals giving $300,000.  They’re not doing it because they care about Nevada’s or Arkansas’ state party. They’re doing it to curry favor with and buy influence with Hillary Clinton,” Backer said. 

Backer, who represents the pro-Trump PAC Committee to Defend the President (CDP), says the transferring of funds between committees developed into a planned money-laundering ploy carried out by the Clinton campaign, top Democratic officials and state parties.

Federal law places strict limits on individual political contributions to candidates or political committees.

Backer says his lawsuit was prompted by a December 2017 complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which took no action before a required deadline.

“The Clinton machine has escaped accountability for its illegal practices for far too long.  After months of review, the FEC has refused to address the Clintons’ $84 million money laundering scheme that violated several campaign finance laws,” CDP chair Ted Harvey told Fox News.

Responding to the CDP court filing, Helen Kalla, spokeswoman for the Nevada Democratic Party, one of the plaintiffs named in the CDP suit, called the filing “nothing more than a bogus political stunt feebly designed to distract from vulnerable Republicans’ disastrous agenda.”

 

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