The Federal Election Commission has fined Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for lying about funding a discredited dossier, which attempted to smear then-candidate Donald Trump, the Washington Examiner reported.
A dossier written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele was circulated to the FBI and media outlets before the 2016 election. Its unproven assertions that Russia had embarrassing information about Trump and some of his campaign’s advisers were meant to damage Trump.
The FEC said Clinton and the DNC violated strict rules on describing expenditures of payments funneled to the opposition research firm Fusion GPS through their law firm, the Examiner reported Wednesday.
The FEC, in a memo to the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, which filed a complaint more than three years ago, said it fined Clinton’s treasurer $8,000 and the DNC’s treasurer $105,000.
“This may well be the first time that Hillary Clinton — one of the most evidently corrupt politicians in American history — has actually been held legally accountable, and I’m proud to have forced the FEC to do their job for once,” Dan Backer, who brought the complaint on behalf of the foundation, which focuses on free speech and the First Amendment, told the Examiner.
The DNC and Clinton campaign claimed a combined $1,024,407.97 was paid for legal services, not opposition research, to law firm Perkins Coie for Fusion GPS’ information.
The money — $849,407.97 from the DNC and $175,000 from the Clinton campaign — covered Fusion GPS’ opposition research on the dossier, which fueled the so-called “Russia hoax.”
The Clinton campaign and DNC argued they paid for “legal advice and services” because it was Perkins Coie, not them, that hired Fusion GPS. The FEC, however, said the law was clear and violated. Continue reading at Newsmax.