A new lawsuit alleges that Democrats in as many as 40 states funneled $84 million to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The attorney who filed the lawsuit, Dan Backer, claims individuals interested in donating more than the federal limit circumvented the law by making six-figure contributions to state’s respective Democrat parties.
“You had individuals giving $300,000,” Backer said, as Fox News reports. “They’re not doing it because they care about Nevada’s or Arkansas’ state party. They’re doing it to curry favor with and buy influence with Hillary Clinton.”
Nevada’s Democratic Party may become the latest pulled into a federal lawsuit that Backer has filed, the paper reported. Backer represents the Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Donald Trump political action committee that initially lodged a complaint in December with the Federal Election Commission, the report says.
He said the Hillary Victory Fund reported transferring more than $1.7 million to the Nevada Democratic Party between December 2015 and November 2016. But the party reported receiving only $146,200, which it transferred to the DNC.
The remaining $1.6 million was sent by the Hillary Victory Fund to the Nevada party and received by the DNC and never appeared on the Nevada party’s reports, Backer contends.
Missing money or otherwise suspicious FEC reports point towards illegal activity, Backer argues.
Similar activity occurred in Idaho and Delaware:
It is “reasonably possible the Idaho State Democratic Party had no prior knowledge of, or control over, these transfers because they were handled entirely by HVF, the DNC, HFA, [Hillary Victory Fund, Democratic National Committee, Hillary for America] and/or their treasurers,” states the 101-page complaint that Backer’s group filed in December, the Statesman reported.
The Idaho Democratic Party did not respond to the newspaper’s request for a comment.
In Delaware, the state Democratic Party received $2.4 million from the Hillary Victory Fund over 11 transactions, then transferred roughly the same amount to the DNC, WXDE-FM radio reported.
Backer said the transactions do not “pass the sniff test,” as BizPac Review reports.
“There were 11 transactions where the Democratic State Committee of Delaware (Delaware Democratic Party) forwarded $2.5 million to the Democratic National Committee, and so these funds were raised, transferred to the Delaware Democratic Party and then transferred to the DNC on the exact same day, or at least that’s what was reported,” he also said.
And, “the Supreme Court has said that we can impose a contribution limit on how much any one individual can give to any one candidate, state party, or political action committee.”
“It doesn’t pass the sniff test. If I give you a million dollars for your campaign, I may not have bought anything, but it looks that way. The Supreme Court has widely upheld these base limits,” Backer added.
Democrats in the accused states have written off the lawsuit as a publicity stunt, or have not yet responded to it. Delaware Democratic Party executive director Jesse Chadderdon said it was “yet another blatant example of hypocrisy from Donald Trump and his cronies.”
“Let’s be clear, this is nothing more than a Beltway political stunt,” Chadderdon said, as BizPac Review reports, “led by the pro-Trump PAC ‘The Committee to Defend the President,’ one that’s simply designed to distract Delaware voters.”
— Dan Backer (@DanBackerEsq) June 9, 2018