Here's How Much Hillary Clinton And The DNC Paid For The Trump Dossier

Last week we learned the Hillary's law firm, Pekins Coie, was paid a total of roughly $12 million in fees by Hillary's campaign and the DNC.  And while Hillary's General Counsel, Marc Elias, admitted that some portion of that $12 million went to fund the now infamous Trump Dossier, what we didn't know, until now, was precisely how much. 

Now, according to Reuters, we learn that a total of just over $1 million was paid to Fusion GPS for their "opposition research," of which $168,000 was sent to British spy Christpher Steele.

A Washington research firm paid a former British spy’s company $168,000 for work on a dossier outlining Russian financial and personal links to Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, the U.S. firm said in a statement on Wednesday.

 

Although it was public knowledge that Fusion GPS paid for the work, the amount had not been disclosed. Fusion GPS hired former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to collect information about Trump and his advisers.

 

Fusion GPS’ statement said it had told Congress about how $168,000 was paid last year to Orbis Business Intelligence, Steele’s company.

 

The money paid to Orbis was taken from $1.02 million it received in fees and expenses from the Perkins Coie law firm, the statement said. The law firm represented the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, although initial research by Fusion into Trump and other Republican primary candidates was commissioned by a conservative website.

Of course, while this incremental information is interesting, the far more important question is how much of the $1.02 million made it's way into the hand of various Russian operatives on which Steele admittedly relied to collect facts for his salacious report? 

As we've noted before, 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 noted recently, it's highly likely that some portion of the funds 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 their 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.

Hillary

As we also pointed out last week, Hillary's efforts to hide the payments to Fusion GPS by routing them through her law firm, prompted the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) to file 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 asserted 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.”

After a full year of mainstream media hysteria over alleged Trump-Russia collusion, wouldn't it be supremely ironic if the Hillary campaign were the only one ultimately found to have funneled some portion of $1 million in cash to "Kremlin operatives" in return for political dirt...

Comments

Ex-Oligarch jcaz Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:47 Permalink

I know it's fun to think that Clinton and the DNC were colluding with Russians, but this article assumes that Steele actually used Russian sources, as opposed to just dreaming up the pissing hookers himself.Now, Clinton and the DNC may have thought they were colluding with Steel's supposed Russian sources to sabotage the Trump campaign.  But so far there is no evidence that those sources exist.

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Creative_Destruct HowdyDoody Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:33 Permalink

SOOOO much solid traceable evidence of REAL "collusion" with Russia on the Hillary camps part... and ZERO to date on Trump.But, it doesn't matter. Chirp...Chirp...Chirp... go the MSM crickets. And Mueller now has an expansive mandate to look into all things Trump and to dig up potentially politically FATAL controversies and legal entanglements regarding his past business dealings...nothing to do with "Russian Collusion."Impeachment is a real possibility. Blatant Deep State political war.

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Kayman IH8OBAMA Thu, 11/02/2017 - 15:45 Permalink

12 million gross, $1million for the dossier, $1million to the law firm/front, and $10 million to the Clintons.And we still have Clinton/Dirty Noxious Criminals shills bleating that there is "no proof".  No proof????  The canary is gone, the cat's in the cage, and these morons say there is no proof.  Try wiping your shit-eating grin off with a cloth, or something.

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Sparkey Kayman Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:49 Permalink

Hello Kayman, did you think of this possibility? " the far more important question is how much of the money paid to Fusion GPS made it's way into the hand of various Russian operatives on which Steele admittedly relied to collect facts for his salacious report?"perhaps he didn't pay anyone, perhaps he just made it all up himself, the best reports are 'made up', when you make them up, you control the conclusion, and the money. 

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mc888 Ex-Oligarch Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:35 Permalink

They need to issue an arrest warrant for Steele. If his sources are Russian, he's guilty of Espionage. If he made it up on his own, he's still guilty of libel, slander, conspiracy to defraud the FISA court, and conspiracy to commit Espionage.He's not an American citizen and has no constitutional rights. The FBI will meet him at the airport just like the Awans.

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nope-1004 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:19 Permalink

Meh.... 4 "dinner speeches" with bankers at $250K a crack and this is chump change.Worst part is the DNC was $2mil in the hole while she's putting energy toward this type of thing.She belongs in prison. 

BabaLooey nope-1004 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:24 Permalink

Just die Canks.Die.Save the rest of us from alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.................the SHIT you are in/apart of/involved in/steeped in/wallowing in/GUILTY of.Die....and take your warty dicked sham of a "husband" with you..... Die.

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Snípéir_Ag_Obair nope-1004 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:42 Permalink

Sessions is obstructing justice by not indicting Clinton and Comey etc.

So why isn't Trump ordering an investigation to see if a Special Counsel is warranted? Does he not know he can?

The real scandal here, likely, is the use of the dossier to provide a paper thin pretext for a FISA warrant designed, really, to spy on the Trump campaign.

More needs to be made of that and perhaps will be as soon as tomorrow.

Trump could also ask the Defense Intelligence Agency to independently assess the DNC server and DNI report on 'Russian hacking' in view of Clapper's conflicts, the 'hand-picked' analysts, refusal of DNC to tirn over server, CrowdStrike's links to Dems etc etc.

He could do that, too.

There was no hack - anyone could have phished Podesta but the DNC Hillary emails were leaked, likely by Seth Rich.

Trump has poured SF/SO into Syria - at least 8k troops in country I tend to believe...

Remains to be seen if he's as owned by Israel/Zionist Jewry as was Hillary:

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/10/top-five-clinton-donors-are-jewish…

https://www.sott.net/article/326282-What-the-media-misses-in-the-Syrian…

Worth your time - Hillary was owned by Zionist Jews. Trump, certainly on Iran, seems to be as well.

Hillary should hang.

Trump should not bend the knee to Likud Israel and its sayanim.

https://southfront.org/israels-prime-minister-netanyahu-leading-us-pres…

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/iran-deal-netanyahu-isr…

Patriots in the intel agencies also ought to look hard at Bill Kristol's machinations... and his role in all this. He is an apex traitor, loyal only to Ersatz 'Israel.'

May justice find him before the end.

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AntiLeMaire nope-1004 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:42 Permalink

>> Worst part is the DNC was $2mil in the hole while she's putting energy toward this type of thing.Yes, yes, but think further. As Donna said: the DNC didn't have any money! Instead the DNC merely acted as a front for donations, so that donors could funnel much more money towards Hillary, via the DNC. And in return the HRC campaign was in control of the DNC and certainly of how all that money was to be spend. So it wasn't HRC and DNC who paid all that money, it was de facto just Hillary who paid Fusion GPS.Also of the 12 mil only 1 mil went to Fusion GPS. The payments to the Russian sources need not have come from Fusion GPS, they could have agreed that the law firm would do the payments to the Russians out of the rest of the 12 mil... 

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AntiLeMaire AntiLeMaire Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:47 Permalink

The proof, according to Brazile, was a joint fundraising agreement document between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary for America. It had been signed in August 2015, four months after Clinton announced her candidacy and a year before she officially secured the nomination over Sanders.“The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,” Brazile wrote. “Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff.”http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/02/donna-brazile-found-proof-dn…

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Endgame Napoleon Handful of Dust Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:42 Permalink

DNC = Dem Neoliberal Cabal

Congrats to D. Brazille for spilling the beans on the wanton spending of the DNC brats. And they spent tons of money on a bunch of ineffective—but cutthroat—stuff that voters bypassed as just a bunch of gossip, unrelated to the job duties of POTUS and unrelated to the economic issues faced by voters. The ability to spend wisely and with restraint is related to presidential duties.

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incharge1976 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:21 Permalink

Here is the problem with going after Hillary. Obama. Going after Obama would cause riots in America like never seen before. I really want justice for both of them, but I'm not sure the leadership has the stomach for what would happen if they were both charged and convicted. 

papa song incharge1976 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:32 Permalink

Yes, but the alternative is to do nothing and reinforce in the minds of even more people the futility of obeying fake, fony, fraudulent laws and regulations that benefit only the politically well-connected.  It undermines the very fabric of a polite society in the minds of those who still produce.Quite a quandary we have here.

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Beam Me Up Scotty incharge1976 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:37 Permalink

I don't care about Obama.  Unless Hillary dishes some dirt on him that makes indicting him for something unavoidable---like that he's not a real US natural born citizen.  But Hillary is a criminal.  If any of the rest of us had done what she has done, we would be sitting in prison.  Why should she skate free??  And if Obama has done illegal acts, he should sit in prison too.  Thats the whole problem with our government right now.  Everyone is afraid to put criminal behavior into prison because part of the population might riot.

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