According to a lawsuit filed by Dan Backer, an attorney based in Virginia. As many as 40 state-level Democratic parties may have been involved in a scheme to funnel up to $84 million to Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 presidential campaign.
Backer filed a lawsuit that alleges a plan was put in place to circumvent contribution levels set by the federal government.
“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.”
According to a report by the Las Vegas Review, the latest to be pulled into a federal lawsuit may be Nevada’s Democratic Party. Backer who represents the committee to defend the president initially lodged a complaint back in December 2017 with the Federal Election Commission.
Backer told The Las Vegas Review-Journal that he filed the lawsuit because the FEC failed to meet a deadline for taking action.
He said the Hillary Clinton Victory Fund reported transferring over $1.7 million to the Nevada Democratic Party between December 2015 and November 2016. However, the party reported receiving only $146,200, which was transferred to the DNC.
But Nevada’s Democratic Party disputed Backer’s claims.
“This is nothing more than a bogus political stunt feebly designed to distract from vulnerable Republicans’ disastrous agenda.”
The Idaho Statesman reported Democrats in Idaho reportedly contributed $1.6 million to the plan in a series of 13 transactions.
The paper reports local party officials might have been unaware of how the money was being handled,
It is “reasonably possible the Idaho State Democratic Party had no prior knowledge of, or control over, these transfers because they were handled entirely by HVF, the DNC, HFA, [Hillary Victory Fund, Democratic National Committee, Hillary for America] and/or their treasurers,” states the 101-page complaint that Backer’s group filed in December, the Statesman reported.
The Idaho Democratic Party has yet to respond to the newspaper’s request for a comment.
In Delaware, the state Democratic Party received $2.4 million from the Hillary Victory Fund over 11 transactions, then transferred roughly the same amount to the DNC, WXDE-FM radio reported.
The handling of cash in Delaware “doesn’t pass the sniff test,” Backer told the station.
But Jesse Chadderdon, executive director of the Delaware Democratic Party, called Backer’s lawsuit “yet another blatant example of hypocrisy from Donald Trump and his cronies.”
“Let’s be clear, this is nothing more than a Beltway political stunt,” Chadderdon told the station, “led by the pro-Trump PAC ‘The Committee to Defend the President,’ one that’s simply designed to distract Delaware voters.”
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