An official complaint has been filed with the Federal Election Commission against Hillary Clinton and the DNC, alleging the former candidate used state party chapters to funnel a disproportionate amount of money back to her presidential campaign.
According to Fox News
The complaint was filed by the Committee to Defend the President, a political action committee, has alleged in the complaint filed on Monday “that the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited cash from big-name donors, including Calvin Klein and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane — money that was allegedly sent through state chapters and back to the DNC before ending up with the Clinton campaign.”
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Officials with the committee said their filing was spurred by their own analysis of FEC reports, where they said they discovered the HVF either never transferred the money to state chapters and back to the DNC, or did so without the state chapters having actual control.
“What we have found, people need to see,” Ted Harvey, chairman of the CDP which emerged from the now-defunct Stop Hillary PAC, told Fox News. “I think it’s important that the American public has an understanding of how corrupt this campaign system was and that they were doing anything they could to secure the nomination in her favor.”
The CDP accuses Clinton’s campaign received more than $84 million by funneling the funds through state chapters and into the DNC, which channeled the money back to HRC.
“Based on publicly available FEC records, repeatedly throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, HVF would purportedly transfer funds to its constituent political committees, which included between 34 and 40 state parties,” reads a passage from a copy of the complaint reviewed by Fox News. “On the very same day each of these transfers supposedly occurred, or occasionally the very next day, every single one of those state parties purportedly contributed all of those funds to the DNC.”
CDP’s counsel, Dan Backer, said the action was directly in violation of rulings made by the Supreme Court of the United States on such use of political funds.
“Apparently the DNC’s response to the ruling was, ‘Hold my Beer,’” he said, referring to a phrase from an Internet meme. “These donations were specifically earmarked for the DNC and the campaign committee.”
Backer continued, “It’s not entirely clear if they transferred the money to the state parties to begin with, and if they never had control of the money, it’s not a contribution. It’s an earmark. If the money is in control of the candidate, then it is a contribution to them.”
SCOTUS ruled such actions as unlawful back in 2014 in reference to a case surrounding Shaun McCutcheon, creator of the Conservative Action Fund PAC. Backer served as counsel in the filing of that suit as well.
“This is exactly the scenario that they said would occur,” Backer says. “They were so brazen about it yet so sloppy.”
“It appears virtually every single disbursement from HVF to a state party resulted in an immediate transfer of the same amount of funds from the state party to the DNC,” reads another passage from the complaint. “Over 99% of funds transferred through HVF to state parties wound up at the DNC.”
Such handling of DNC political funds was alluded to by interim chairman Donna Brazile earlier this year during promotions of her book, “Hacks”.
H/T Fox News