Hillary Superpac Has Taken $200,000 In Banned Donations

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These past few weeks have been quite interesting for Hillary Clinton. We learned that Clinton omitted one key email from the State Department, that Hillary's official State Department calendar is missing a lot of entries, and we were reminded that it can be quite lucrative to be a friend of Hillary.

Now, courtesy of The Hill, we find that a super-PAC backing Clinton has accepted $200,000 in donations from a company holding multiple contracts with the federal government, despite a ban on such contributions. Said otherwise, the super-PAC is engaged in a pay-to-play deal. According to a review, Boston-based Suffolk Construction made two contributions of $100,000 to Priorities USA, who is backing Hillary Clinton for president.

From The Hill

According to a review of contributions by The Hill, Boston-based Suffolk Construction made two contributions of $100,000 to Priorities USA, which is backing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

 

At the time it made the contributions, Suffolk held multiple contracts worth $976,560 with the Department of Defense for maintenance and construction projects at a Naval base in Newport, R.I., and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., according to the government website USASpending.gov.

 

Suffolk — which, by Forbes’s estimate, brings in some $2 billion in revenue annually — also donated $10,000 in 2015 to Right to Rise, a super-PAC that supported Republican Jeb Bush’s now-defunct presidential bid.

 

The donations from Suffolk highlight how a 70-year-old campaign finance law meant to prevent pay-to-play deals between public officials and companies making money from the government is often ignored by those making the donations and those on the receiving end.

 

The two contributions, one made in July and one in December, came during Clinton’s presidential primary battle with Bernie Sanders, who rose to prominence partly because he railed against super-PACs and the wealthy donors who fund them.

The Hill's review found that there is an increasing trend of contractors violating the law, betting that the politics of the FEC will never take action.

In addition to the donations to Priorities USA, The Hill found 14 federal contractors that had contributed a total of $173,250 to Right to Rise. Two had also given to Conservative Solutions PAC, a group that supported Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) bid for president.

 

One contractor, a Florida utility named Gulf Power Co., gave $44,000 to Right to Rise in March 2015. At the time, the company held more than $1 million in contracts with the Department of Defense.

 

The Hill asked Gulf Power whether the company was aware it was in violation of the ban and if it believed there was a conflict of interest in politicians benefiting from donations from federal contractors.

 

Jeff Rogers, a spokesman for the company, responded, “We believe Gulf Power’s right to make the contribution in question is constitutionally protected.”

 

Suffolk Construction, which since 2008 has received $169.7 million in federal contracts, according to USASpending.­gov, declined multiple requests for comment.

 

John Fish, the company’s CEO, has been a prolific donor to both parties over the years, though FEC records show he favors Democrats by a wide margin. He’s contributed thousands to President Obama’s White House bids and gave $500 to his 2004 Senate campaign.

 

Fish’s office did not return a request for comment.

 

The company itself has mainly funneled money to Republicans. In 2012 it gave $510,000 to Restore Our Future, a super-PAC supporting GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and $50,000 to another group backing then-Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

 

Campaign finance lawyers say federal contractors that donate to super-PACs are taking a calculated risk that the politically deadlocked FEC will never take action against them.

Craig Holman of Public Citizen, an advocacy group says that "the increasing trend of contractors violating the law comes as no surprise," adding that "contractors now may circumvent the law either by creating an artificial division within the company for the purpose of making contributions, or even not bother with such machinations and make direct contributions, and can still feel assured they will not be prosecuted by a deadlocked FEC for violating the law."

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Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a campaign finance watchdog said "Every political operative and campaign knows that the FEC will not enforce the campaign finance laws. There's an old line: 'If you don't have enforcement laws, you do not have the laws', and that's what we're dealing with."

Sadly, Wertheimer is absolutely correct.

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knukles's picture

#ididndunuffinagain

Son of Loki's picture

"Crooked is as Crooked does."

Looney's picture

 

Hillary often wears a BLUE pantsuit.

If she paints her face BLUE, she can join the Blue Man Group.  ;-)

Looney

Manthong's picture

I still cannot believe that my government has become so corrupt that this evil crone is still walking free.

Looney's picture

 

I can't believe she is still WALKING!   ;-)

Looney

willwork4food's picture

$200k is a rounding error within the illicit Clinton Money Exchange.

StackShinyStuff's picture

Soon to be dismissed as unfounded conspiracy theory by the Clinton Campaign as they quietly give the money back.  Just watch.  

jcaz's picture

The Clintons don't give money back.....

Hey Loretta-  we're looking at you, girl-  keep dodging these bullets,  Obama has your back..... Until he doesn't.

onewayticket2's picture

you mean Loretta "I am now an 'advisor' to the CGI making 7 figures/yr" Lynch?

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) onewayticket2 Jun 29, 2016 1:58 PM

Come on.  This is Hillary.  Everyone knows Hillary Clinton is imnune to U.S. law.  If you are associated in any way with Hillary then you too are immune from legal jeopardy.  There are the "We" and then there are the "Thee."  The Thee are not required to follow the laws that the We must follow.  And Hillary and Obama are Numero Uno and Numero Dos when it comes to the Thee.

Phineas J. Whoopie's picture

walking free - looks like Low Renta Lynch just ensured it  Un fucking beleivable

https://youtu.be/sRWDP-PWunE

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Chris Dakota (not verified) Looney Jun 29, 2016 1:35 PM

Hillary "I'm not a crook"

Vatican_cameo's picture

That Bitch is so Crooked, she could eat a bowl of soup with a corkscrew.

AGuy's picture

Its banned only if conservatives do it. Its perfectly Legit for Hillary and other leftists to do whatever the frack they want.

 

 

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

D'Souza went to jail for giving a mere 20K illegally.

Eventually, enough people are going to get tired of this "above the law" BS.

I can't wait.

undertow1141's picture

And the FEC still doesn't care.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

They do care - when they perceive bias against the Democrats.  Otherwise, who gives a sh*t?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/08/dems-on-fec-target-conservati...

Bill of Rights's picture

Photo caption " Insert sausage here "

BandGap's picture

Not my sausage, no way.

Look at those teeth!

Dr. Dooms-a-lot's picture

I'm sure you intended to say cookie.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Those aren't donations, they are payments for services to be rendered......

One-Eyed-Thong's picture
One-Eyed-Thong (not verified) Jun 29, 2016 11:58 AM

well, at least the super PAC is not denying global warming... that would be reason to prosecute

Son of Loki's picture

Does this mean she's "Crooked?"

Well, at least they didn't catch her denying climate change or Lowrenta would be all over her.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Jun 29, 2016 12:03 PM

 

Affluensia syndrome:  There are rules for the smart-n-savvy people and there are rules for the dumb-n-clueless.  

 

WTFUD's picture

A bitch's gotta eat! There are few other cunts on this planet who can match HilldaBeast's insatiable appetite for filthy lucre.

scraping_by's picture

I think that old line is, "If you don't have law enforcement, you don't have law." Or at least, that's the one I heard.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) scraping_by Jun 29, 2016 12:09 PM

 

I thought is was:   the golden rule,  the guy with the gold makes the rules.

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AdolphLustig (not verified) Jun 29, 2016 12:10 PM

Its funny how people deny that reptilian hybrids walk the earth and control the planet and make fun of people who claim this as "conspiracy theorists" and "tin foil hat wearing nutters" and yet do you need more evidence that this cunt is an above the law psychopathic cunt on steroids?

I mean, you want to see her sacrifice a child and steal its soul and drink its blood as proof?

Or would that not even register in your flouride laden little minds?

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) AdolphLustig Jun 29, 2016 12:14 PM

 

I've never known what this "reptilian hybrid" meme was.   Is this a code-word like "those people"?    What is the decoded meaning?

Winston Churchill's picture

Being a banker you probably think they are your 'normal' colleagues.
Normal,non reptilians,people don't have dead eyes.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Winston Churchill Jun 29, 2016 12:28 PM

 

Well,  that cleared things up...

css1971's picture

The reptile brain is a bit more primitive than ours. We still have it at the core, with all the mammal, then primate then human stuff on top. The reptile brain isn't capable of feeling or really of thinking. It just sees and consumes.

Some consider psychopaths to be missing the essential components that make one human, and so, reptiles.

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N0TaREALmerican (not verified) css1971 Jun 29, 2016 12:51 PM

 

Ah,  so it's a code-word for "sociopath".  Got it.  Thanks.   Been noticing it for a few years now.

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AdolphLustig (not verified) N0TaREALmerican Jun 29, 2016 1:21 PM

A primer for those with high flouride levels in their brains delinking them from their higher selves ala narcissists...
https://youtu.be/fQr_zc3nvQA

Zero-Hegemon's picture

If anyone foments a torches and pitchforks moment, it will be her

AdolphLustig's picture
AdolphLustig (not verified) Zero-Hegemon Jun 29, 2016 12:29 PM

You really believe that don't you.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

You had someone more qualified in mind?

Two Theives and a Liar's picture

+1 Exactly...The photo with the article os perfect..she's laughing all the way to the white house as the "Libtard - Hilbots" simply are ignorant of facts or if they do know something do not care cuz she's a reptil...errrrr...woman...yeah..that's the ticket ( to hell). 

nobodysfool's picture

HRC - "Rules are for minions...So Sue me!"

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Soon she will fly too high, too close to the sun.

ironicmerman's picture
ironicmerman (not verified) Jun 29, 2016 12:21 PM

Same shit, different day.  What's next?  ZH complaining about one of HRC's pantsuits?

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the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Jun 29, 2016 12:26 PM

"The law at this time..." -Department of Justice

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

"What the meaning of the word 'is' is" - Slick Willie Clinton

Overflow-admin's picture

"At that point, what difference does it make?"

Aubiekong's picture

You risk crossing her and ending up dead when you become her "friend"