Weeks after The Hill revealed a $750,000 scheme by California woman's rights attorney Lisa Bloom to compensate women accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct - one of whom had her mortgage paid off after Trump ignored her pleas to become his makeup-artist during the campaign - the New York Times claims in a bombshell report that DNC operative and Media Matters founder David Brock, along with major Hillary Clinton friend and donor, Susie Tompkins Buell, steered $700,000 towards Bloom's efforts to smear Trump with sexual misconduct claims right before the 2016 election.
As the NYT notes, several donors reached out to Ms. Bloom “asking how they could help." She told them that she was working with “a few other women” who might "find the courage to speak out" against Mr. Trump if the donors would provide funds for security, relocation and possibly a safe house."
Ms. Bloom would not identify the donors. But two Democrats familiar with the arrangements said a nonprofit group founded by Mr. Brock, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, gave $200,000, while the fashion entrepreneur Susie Tompkins Buell, a major donor to Mr. Brock’s suite of groups, gave $500,000 to Ms. Bloom’s firm for the last-ditch effort.
Democrats familiar with the financial arrangements told the NYT that Bloom's firm kept the money from Brock's American Bridge, while refunding the money from Buell - a longtime friend and financial supporter of Hillary Clinton.
Of note, Brock previously sat on the board of Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action, and his group "Correct the Record" sunk over $1 million into a digital task force called "Barrier Breakers 2016," which had a mandate to "engage in online messaging for both Secretary Clinton and to push back against attackers on social media (The Atlantic)." Meanwhile, Brock's Correct The Record defended coordinating with the Clinton campaign and contributing $6 million to fund Hillary.
"Correct the Record is a $6 million Washington D.C.-based political committee that spends millions on opposition research, message development, surrogate training and booking, professional video production, and press outreach for the benefit of the Clinton campaign—and by its own admission, does so in full coordination with the Clinton campaign," the Campaign Legal Center said in the complaint. -Free Beacon
The Trump accusers include makeup-artist Jill Harth and Katie Johnson. Harth - who allowed a Lisa Bloom donor to pay off her mortgage before she accused President Trump of sexual assault, approached the Trump campaign about doing Donald Trump's makeup, was rejected, and later cropped up as an accuser shortly before the 2016 election. Another Trump accuser, Katie Johnson fabricated a story of Trump raping her when she was 13 at one of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's notorious 'sex parties.' Johnson, another client of Lisa Bloom, withdrew her case against Trump days before the election, while the Daily Mail reported that she made it all up.
Brock is no stranger to meddling in Trump's affairs to try and influence the 2016 election - having spearheaded an army of Correct the Record "nerd virgins" who were "crammed into a newsroom-style bullpen in the back corner of the offices of American Bridge 21st Century" to attack then-candidate Donald Trump while vehemently defending Hillary Clinton. Various Brock-linked anti-Trump groups Media Matters, ShareBlue, American Bridge and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) set a $40 million budget to fight Trump at the beginning of 2017.
Brock is also no stranger to funneling money to people - once having paid $850,000 to a former domestic partner of over 10 years after he began dating D.C. pizza restaurant impresario James Alefantis. Brock's scorned partner, William Grey, threatened to expose damaging information involving Media Matters donors.
In an acrimonious lawsuit settled at the end of last year, Brock accused William Grey of making repeated threats to expose him to the "scorn or ridicule of his employees, donors and the press in demanding money and property." Brock claimed in legal papers that he sold a Rehoboth Beach, Del., home he once shared with Grey in order to meet Grey’s demands, which he called "blackmail" in the lawsuit. -Fox News
Ironically, Brock used to be a GOP political operative - having spearheaded 1993 sexual harassment allegations against President Bill Clinton by former Arkansas employee, Paula Jones - who was paid $850,000 by the Clintons to drop her lawsuit.
So just to be clear, Clinton operative David Brock and Hillary Clinton pal Susie Tompkins Buell steered $700,000 into a scheme to compensate Trump accusers right before the 2016 election. Which is yet another answer to the recurring question of just who tried to influence the election.