Clinton Campaign, DNC Fined by FEC For Lying About Steele Dossier Payments

The Federal Election Commission has fined both Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee for lying about how they spent money used to fund the now-debunked Steele dossier on former President Donald Trump.

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The Clinton campaign and the DNC will be forced to pay $8,000 and $105,000 respectively for mislabeling payments that ultimately went to Fusion GPS, the consulting firm that commissioned the dossier, according to FEC documents viewed by the Post.

The fines stem from a complaint originally filed in 2018 by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, which was informed of the outcome on Tuesday.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC paid more than $1 million combined to powerful Democratic law firm Perkins Coie, which engaged Fusion GPS to dig for dirt on Trump. Fusion GPS, in turn, hired former British spy Christopher Steele — whose namesake dossier included allegations that Russian security services possessed a tape of Trump in a Moscow hotel room with prostitutes who were supposedly urinating on a bed where the Obamas had previously stayed.

The FEC said Clinton and the DNC claimed the money given to Perkins Coie to hire Fusion GPS was reported on disclosure forms as having gone toward “legal advice and services” rather than opposition research.

The commission ruled it had found probable cause that both the Clinton campaign and the DNC had violated election law by not being “sufficiently specific” about the purpose of the payments and not including detailed information about Fusion GPS in the disclosure forms.

Both the Clinton campaign and the DNC did not admit the FEC’s finding, but said they “will not further contest the commission’s finding of probable cause,” according to documents reviewed by the Post.

Lawyers for both Democratic entities maintained the payments were reported “in accordance with the law and Commission guidelines,” claiming Fusion GPS’ work would assist Perkins Coie in providing legal advice. They also argued that Fusion GPS’s work was protected under attorney-client privilege. 

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  1. JimNorCal says

    Sounds like a slap on the wrist, considering it led to a massive gov’t brouhahah and 2 impeachments.
    Also, what’s the deal with the FBI knowing it was a campaign scam the whole time but not shutting down the Russian Collusion narrative?

  2. I scroll to the bottom to see the source. NY Post is garbage. No thanks.

  3. Bogiewheel says

    They are just clearing the deck for the upcoming November elections.

  4. Really??? says

    LAMO! Clinton admitted to accepting Chinese Communist campaign funds. There is nothing new here except that the cover given by corrupt FBI, CIA, and intelligence personnel is starting to surface.

    A question needs to be asked. Since this is been cover given to Democrats and is unethical, where is the indictment of the Pelosi / Shifty Trump impeachment where critical documents exonerating Trump were concealed?

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