Forget Stormy: Clinton Campaign, DNC Covered-Up Fusion GPS Payments

Maybe if Glenn Simpson had quintuple-DD breast implants, the media would pay some attention to how Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee covered-up their payments to his firm, Fusion GPS, to produce the infamous Steele “dossier.”

In October 2017, the Washington Post confirmed that Hillary for America and the DNC funneled millions of dollars through the law firm Perkins Coie to pay for the former British spy’s garbage report—unjustifiably referred to as a “dossier” like it’s legitimate intelligence. The day after the story broke, the D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing both entities of failing to “accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law.”

The Clinton campaign and DNC paid Perkins Coie a combined total of more than $12 million during the 2016 election cycle; the expenses were listed on disclosure forms as “Legal Services.” The complaint contends that general description violated disclosure rules by not itemizing how much ended up at Fusion GPS for opposition research. (As Sean Davis at The Federalist reported here, President Obama’s campaign fund also paid Perkins Coie nearly $800,000 in 2016.)

While Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has his home, office and hotel room ransacked by federal agents looking for proof he and the president violated campaign laws related to the alleged Stormy Daniels tryst, the schemers and funders behind the Steele dossier again remain untouched. (It’s worth noting that Cohen filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit in January against Fusion GPS and Buzzfeed—the website that first published the dossier—for spreading false information about him.) The deflection campaign to avert attention from the real crimes of collusion and cover-up in the 2016 election scores another win.

About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. After college graduation, she served as a policy and communications consultant for several Republican candidates and elected officials in suburban Chicago. She also volunteered for her local GOP organization. After staying home for more than 10 years to raise her two daughters, Julie began teaching cooking classes out of her home. She then started writing about food policy, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as climate change and other scientific issues. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in communications and minor degrees in political science and journalism. Julie lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and (unfortunately) three dogs.

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