Hillary Clinton Fined by FEC for Lying about Funding Anti-Trump Dossier

Hillary Clinton has been hit with a fine from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for lying about funding the debunked anti-Trump Steele dossier.

The FEC has fined the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton’s 2016 campaign over the dossier that falsely linked President Donald Trump to Russia.

Hillary’s team and the DNC were previously hit with two lawsuits back in 2017 and 2018.

In October 2017, an FEC complaint was filed against the Clinton campaign and the DNC for violating campaign finance law because they failed to disclose payments for the Dossier.

In 2018, Clinton and the DNC were accused of using state chapters as strawmen to launder $84 million.

The money laundering was an effort to evade campaign donation limits, yet the FEC ignored complaints exposing this corruption.

The FEC fined Clinton and said her campaign violated the rules because they failed to disclose payments funneled to Fusion GPS through DNC law firm Perkins Coie.

On Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported that Hillary and the DNC have been hit with fresh fines over the infamous, and discredited, Russian “dossier” used in a smear attempt against Trump weeks before he shocked the world with his 2016 presidential victory.

The election agency said that Clinton and the DNC violated strict rules on describing expenditures of payments funneled to the opposition research firm Fusion GPS through their law firm.

A combined $1,024,407.97 was paid by the treasurers of the DNC and Clinton campaign to law firm Perkins Coie for Fusion GPS’s information, and the party and campaign hid the reason, claiming it was for legal services, not opposition research.

Instead, the DNC’s $849,407.97 and the Clinton campaign’s $175,000 covered Fusion GPS’s opposition research on the dossier, a basis for the so-called “Russia hoax” that dogged Trump’s first term.

The memo said that the Clinton campaign and DNC argued that they were correct in describing their payment as for “legal advice and services” because it was Perkins Coie that hired Fusion GPS.

But the agency said the law is clear and was violated.

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It added that neither the campaign nor the party conceded to lying but won’t contest the finding.

“Solely for the purpose of settling this matter expeditiously and to avoid further legal costs, respondent[s] does not concede, but will not further contest the commission’s finding of probable cause to proceed” with the probe, said the FEC.

The FEC, in a memo to the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, which filed its complaint over three years ago, said it fined Clinton’s treasurer $8,000 and the DNC’s treasurer $105,000.

The memo, shared with Secrets, is to be made public in a month.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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