Seagram liquor heiress and Nxivm benefactor Clare Bronfman tried to buy influence for the sex cult by illegally raising money for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, a former group member testified in court on Monday.
Bronfman funneled thousands of dollars into HRC’s campaign coffers — far in excess of legal limits allowed to contributions — to “curry favor” with the Clintons, according to Mark Vicente, a documentary filmmaker and former member of the Nxivm sex cult that stands accused of keeping women as sex slaves.
“Clare Bronfman approached other people and said she wanted to make a campaign contribution to Clinton but she couldn’t make it above a certain amount,” Vicente testified in Brooklyn federal court on Monday.
“I wrote a check. She paid me back.”
Vicente said the check was for somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000. At the time individual contributions to federal campaigns were capped at $2,300.
Vicente said he could not recall whether the money went to Bill or Hillary Clinton but did admit that “maybe it was her” when prosecutor Mark Lesko reminded him that Hillary Clinton ran for president that year.
“There was a strong desire to meet people within politics,” Vicente added.
Nxivm members and their families gave a total of $29,000 to Hillary’s campaign that year, elections records show.
Bronfman is also accused of helping Nxivm sex cult’s leader Keith Raniere of stealing email passwords from “perceived enemies,” laundering money to help a non-citizen enter the US and paying off debts Raniere racked up on the credit card of a dead girlfriend.
She is also accused of recruiting and grooming young women to join a secret society within Nxivm called DOS which served as a harem for Keith Raniere.
40-year-old Bronfman pleaded guilty last month to charges of conspiracy to conceal and harbor an illegal alien for financial gain, and fraudulent use of identification for her role in the sex cult.
Raniere has pleaded not guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy involving acts of child sexual exploitation and possession of child pornography.
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