The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has filed new evidence with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the super PAC Make America Number 1 made illegal contributions to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The CLC wrote in a letter to the FEC:
CLC’s complaint alleged that Make America Number 1 appeared to have paid compensation to Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon (now White House chief strategist) via payments to the firms Glittering Steel LLC and Cambridge Analytica, which are incorporated or have been paid at the same address as Bannon’s consulting firm, Bannon Strategic Advisors, Inc.1 During that same period, as Bannon worked asTrump campaign CEO, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. did not report any payments to Bannon directly.
There is reason to believe that these payments constituted Make America Number 1paying compensation to Bannon for his personal services rendered to the Trump campaign, which must be treated as in-kind contributions to the Trump campaign.
In other words, Steve Bannon was paid through illegal super PAC contributions to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
“The evidence suggests that the Mercer-backed super PAC secretly subsidized Bannon’s work for the Trump campaign by payments to ‘Glittering Steel,’ which we now know has been chaired and is owned by Bannon and which paid him a monthly consulting fee,” said Brendan Fischer, director of the federal and FEC reform program at the Campaign Legal Center.
At a time when the White House is under federal investigation for colluding with a hostile foreign power to manipulate a US presidential election, illegal campaign contributions might not seem like such a big deal, but when the President Of The United States and his top adviser are accused of violating federal law, it is a major problem for the administration.
If Democrats win back control of the House or the Senate in 2018, they may have a wide variety of potential Trump crimes to investigate. The Russia scandal is the center of the dark cloud that is hanging over this administration, but following the money, investigators may find that Russia is just a part of the criminal activity that it took to get Donald Trump into the White House.