Democratic parties in various states across the US have been accused of carrying out an alleged scheme to illegally funnel around $84 million to the 2016 campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a new report.
Up to 40 state parties are looking at possible implication in a federal lawsuit that says the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee violated campaign finance laws by giving money to state parties that then sending them back to the DNC to help Clinton put down Republican rival Donald Trump, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday.
The Committee to Defend the President, a pro- Trump PAC, had filed the complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in December but a deadline meant that the court would hold on until now.
The complaint refers to the scheme as “an unprecedented, massive, nationwide multi-million dollar conspiracy” that saw Democrats and Clinton’s camp “effectively laundering nearly all contributions” given to the Hillary Victory Fund.
The fund was a joint fundraising committee that allowed Clinton to raise money for her campaign as well as local state parties at the same time.
Backer said most of the money Hillary had raised for state parties were eventually passed back to the DNC in an attempt to boost Clinton’s campaign.
“You had individuals giving $300,000,” Backer told the Review-Journal. “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.”
Clinton has been under investigation by the Justice Department for allegations of “pay-to-play” politics and other illegal activities during the campaign.
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