FEC Complaint Alleges Hillary, DNC Broke Election Law By Not Disclosing Trump-Russia Dossier Funding

Tyler Durden's picture

Today the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law by failing to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia.  The CLC's complaint asserts that by effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny the DNC and Clinton "undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures."

On October 24, The Washington Post revealed that the DNC and Hillary for America paid opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig into Trump’s Russia ties, but routed the money through the law firm Perkins Coie and described the purpose as “legal services” on their FEC reports rather than research. By law, campaign and party committees must disclose the reason money is spent and its recipient.


“By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures,” said Adav Noti, senior director, trial litigation and strategy at CLC, who previously served as the FEC’s Associate General Counsel for Policy. “Voters need campaign disclosure laws to be enforced so they can hold candidates accountable for how they raise and spend money. The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action.”


“Questions about who paid for this dossier are the subject of intense public interest, and this is precisely the information that FEC reports are supposed to provide,” said Brendan Fischer, director, federal and FEC reform at CLC. “Payments by a campaign or party committee to an opposition research firm are legal, as long as those payments are accurately disclosed. But describing payments for opposition research as ‘legal services’ is entirely misleading and subverts the reporting requirements.”


While details of the payment arrangements remain scarce, FEC records indicate that the Hillary campaign and the DNC paid a total of $12 million to Perkins Coie for "legal services."  Marc Elias, a Perkins partner and general counsel for Hillary's campaign, then used some portion of those funds to turn around and hire Fusion GPS who then contracted with a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to compile the now-infamous dossier.  Per the Daily Caller:

It was revealed on Tuesday that the Clinton campaign and DNC began paying Fusion GPS, the research firm that commissioned the dossier, last April to continue research it was conducting on Trump. The Washington Post reported that Fusion approached lawyers at Perkins Coie, the firm that represented the campaign and DNC, offering to sell its investigative services.


Marc Elias, a Perkins Coie partner, and the general counsel for the campaign and DNC, oversaw the operation, according to The Post.


It is not clear how much Democrats, through Perkins Coie, paid Fusion for the project, which lasted until early November. Federal Election Commission records show that the campaign and DNC paid the law firm $12 million during the election cycle.

Ironically, most of the sources listed in the dossier were based in Russia and include a "senior Kremlin official" as well as other "close associates of Vladimir Putin."  Moreover, as CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell notes, it's highly likely that some portion of the $12 million paid to Perkins Coie by the DNC and Hillary campaign made it's way into the pockets of those "senior Kremlin officials" as compensation for the services.

In the dossier, Steele cites numerous anonymous sources, many of which work in the upper echelons of the Russian government.


The first two sources cited in the dossier’s first memo, dated June 20, 2016, are “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin.”


A third source is referred to as “a senior Russian financial official.” Other sources in the dossier are described as “a senior Kremlin official” and sources close to Igor Sechin, the head of Russian oil giant Rosneft and a close associate of Vladimir Putin’s.

To summarize, after a full year of mainstream media hysteria over alleged Trump-Russia collusion, it now appears as though the Hillary campaign may have been the only one to funnel cash to "Kremlin operatives" in return for political dirt...

Of course, we have no doubt that Hillary was in the dark about all of these arrangements.

Here is the full complaint filed by CLC:

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overbet's picture

What Happened?!#

ejmoosa's picture

She didn't win, and this is not going away.  That's what happened!

NugginFuts's picture

Is she still "Good people" or can we lock her up now?

aelfheld's picture

Was she ever, really, 'good people'?

earleflorida's picture

hillery self-destruct wanting war with russia...

trump will closely (hillery's undoing) follow suit as a 'Protest far greater than the final days of the Vietnam Era' sweep the country....--- wanting war with NK (China & Russia).


robertsgt40's picture

I think treason trumps any FEC law. Let's cut to the chase. Bookem Danno 

bluez's picture

Would it really disturb the PTB to just put Hillary Rodham Clinton in a tiny room with a stainless steel toilet?

What difference, at this point, does it make?

knukles's picture

If the Donald really is on top of his game, he'll take every agency tainted by this shit and wipe out the first 3 to 5 layers of people.  Purge the fucking places.  For reason.

IH8OBAMA's picture

An FEC complaint and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee.

What real laws did she break?


PrintemDano's picture

A shorter answer would be what laws didn't she break.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Heard that the Guantanamo's air smell is kind of too strong for seniors ... kind of challenging for long retirement years ...

Giant Meteor's picture

What laws did she break? Hard to know. New ones are being written presently to cover these contingencies ...

Awww shit, too numerous to count. Stick around, someone will be by momentarily to post the rap sheet. Let's put it another way, if you or I attempted to pull a small small fraction of any of the elite crimes we mostly talk about on here, we wouldn't be doing time in any jail . Oh no. We'd be buried UNDERNEATH of the jail ...

Have a nice day ;)

Thugocracy's picture

I'm thinking that the War Party takes care of it's own. Other than sound and fury signifying nothing, for public consumption, The Red Gangster Progressives and the Blue Gangster Progressives let it slide.

bluez's picture

Yeah but they already showed him the VERY SECRET JFK assasination film.

The Secret Service is pwned by the CIA, which is pwned by the Zio-Anglikans. Justice? Myass!

They pwn him. They pwn it all.

Nationalize the CIA!

bluez's picture

I just loves me them CIA down-arrows!

MozartIII's picture

"Nationalize the CIA!"

Just got to ask, WTF is going on in your head? Can the CIA get any more nationalized??????

Mustafa Kemal's picture

You would have to ask which "nation"

detached.amusement's picture

lol, you think they actually work for the people of the united states and not the owners of the federal reserve banks, BIS, IMF?  *chuckles*

the CIA has no constitutional precedent for its existence, it should be immediately dismantled and the top 52 layers charged with treason.

liverdiefree's picture

Boy are you delusional. Trump's "game" was made clear when he brought GS into the top of his administration. 

nightwish's picture

Off with the high priestesses head! Quickly before she regains her wits

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"If the Donald really is on top of his game, he'll take every agency tainted by this shit and wipe out the first 3 to 5 layers of people."~ 

I agree, use this to flush out the swamp. But isn't this a felony? Where the hell is Jeff Sessions? Where is the arrest warrant? Mugshot that bitch.

gmrpeabody's picture

But.., she won the popular vote...

..oh, wait.

secretargentman's picture

Tick tock, Hill. Tick tock...

JSBach1's picture

The long-help suspicions that Andrew McCabe is intimately involved in this dossier procurement are gaining traction:

"...FBI insiders say fired FBI Director James Comey and Andrew McCabe, deputy FBI director, used Bureau funds to underwrite the controversial dossier on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, sources confirm.

And the deal to dig dirt on a presidential candidate was put together with the help of Sen. John McCain, sources said.

These new revelations in fact might be the worst kept secrets in Washington, D.C. but now rank-and-file FBI agents want the Bureau to come clean on its relationship with the author of the problematic Trump dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele..."


"...Senate investigators are demanding to see records of communications between Fusion GPS and the FBI and the Justice Department, including any contacts with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, now under congressional investigation for possibly obstructing the Hillary Clinton email probe, and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who is under investigation by the Senate and the Justice inspector general for failing to recuse himself despite financial and political connections to the Clinton campaign through his Democratic activist wife. Senate investigators have singled out McCabe as the FBI official who negotiated with Steele..."

"...Steele hadn’t worked in Moscow since the 1990s and didn’t actually travel there to gather intelligence on Trump firsthand. He relied on third-hand “friend of friend” sourcing. In fact, most of his claimed Russian sources spoke not directly to him but “in confidence to a trusted compatriot” who, in turn, spoke to Steele — and always anonymously.

But his main source may have been Google. Most of the information branded as “intelligence” was merely rehashed from news headlines or cut and pasted — replete with errors — from Wikipedia.

In fact, much of the seemingly cloak-and-dagger information connecting Trump and his campaign advisers to Russia had already been reported in the media at the time Steele wrote his monthly reports..."


"...Mr. McCabe’s appearance of a partisan conflict of interest relating to Clinton associates only magnifies the importance of those questions. That is particularly true if Mr. McCabe was involved in approving or establishing the FBI‘s reported arrangement with Mr. Steele, or if Mr. McCabe vouched for or otherwise relied on the politically-funded dossier in the course of the investigation. Simply put, the American people should know if the FBI’s second-in-command relied on Democrat-funded opposition research to justify an investigation of the Republican presidential campaign...."


Save_America1st's picture



And don't just stop with her.  Take them all down forever and #MAGA!!!


MANvsMACHINE's picture

I have insider info as to what's going to happen in regards to these discoveries.

It's contained between the parens below.


( nothing )

knukles's picture

No coincidence Weinstein and Hillary breaking days apart?

Look!  A maggot!

StychoKiller's picture

Maggot?  You mean the one riding a squirrel like it's a buckin' Bronco?  :>D

Giant Meteor's picture

And folks call me cynical ..

Well you do have a point ..

Although I do not believe "nothing" is the correct answer here. Something always happens. Usually what that means is,  the citizens get bent over even harder than they already are ...and  that's really something ...

Mustafa Kemal's picture

You are right. It appears maybe the trek down the rabbit hole has begun. Who isi clean?

Should we get Him Jong UN to nuke DC?

are we there yet's picture

Hillary won the popular Chicago cemetery vote.

buttmint's picture

shackles for kankles! XXXXL

The bitch is being hung out to dry by her former backers...Adios HRC!

new game's picture

martha's old cell? complete with silk linens? internet and a staff. cell maid service and visits by bill?

the cunt is going down.

but stop and think if she had won. none of this would see the light of day. just sayin.

and this goes for about 560 moar of the fukers in dc...

district of criminals.

and sessions, that cukfuker-nuf said...


Giant Meteor's picture

" ... but stop and think if she had won. "

I have considered this and what I have come up with goes something like this ..

"I do hereby attest to the fact that I am NOT a criminal, the matter is now settled, case closed .. I now sign this executive order" , - -hands pen to Huma.

I Art Laughing's picture

Deliver on our investments or pay the consequences....

Endgame Napoleon's picture

It is so hypocritical, especially after they made that huge deal out of a short meeting with a Russian lawyer and an email. HRC’s campaign was spending $12 million on opposition research, using the Russians as a source of information. That is what it sounds like.

Big Creek Rising's picture

Yes, and with all those dead people in Chicago and Baltimore, plus all the criminal aliens, she won the popular vote by a few million. The country was saved by the wisdom of classically educated white men, who devised our protections from the tyranny of the majority and reinforced the primacy of the individual states.

Thank God for brilliant and honorable men.


Keyser's picture

Yeah, too bad they are a dying breed thanks to the liberal education system in the US... 

Enceladus's picture

I live on a place called Big Creek in PA

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

That is an incredibly valid point.  

Well made sir. 

Hat tilt.




The Mystic Seer's picture

He said that to sweeten your little, bitter, bitter heart. 

y3maxx's picture

Hey Hillary....if you live in a glass house...you shouldn't throw stones.

It will come back to bite you.


Uncle_Cuddles's picture

"The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action.”

Appropriate action in this case involves lampposts and rope.

CheapBastard's picture

Since Sessons is in coma and the fbi are owned by Soweeto holdovers, maybe the FEC can get something done to lock this Bitch up, along with dirty cop Comey and pedo Podesta.

two hoots's picture

Did the FBI or CIA or any governmnt agency have this information?  Is so, why was it not acted on or at least reported to the FEC?  If not, how did some non-government group/person get this info when we have spooks listening to any and everyone they wish?  We spend forutnes on this security crap and likely those agencies are full of people setting at their desk playing video games all day, or worse, traveling around doing it?    Our government security is a costly embarssement to our nation.  

chunga's picture

I'd love to see sleaze McCain caught up in this...in cahoots with Honest Hill'rey. WoW!

What a can of worms...and Eric Braverman...remember him. Supposedly he's up there working for googel nowadays...after he went missing for a while.

Gladi8tor's picture

and his name was Seth Richards