Just as he’s done throughout his business career and also in the 2016 election, Donald Trump is trying to flout the laws that apply to all Americans and all federal candidates for office, but this time he’s been caught red-handed, and the numbers prove his guilt.
The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has just written and informed the Trump 2020 campaign that it has found enough illegal campaign contributions that it took 233 pages to document them all.
In a letter dated June 2 that the FEC sent to the Trump campaign, Ryan Furman, the Senior Campaign Finance & Reviewing for the FEC, there’s this paragraph:
“An individual or a political committee other than an authorized committee or qualified multi-candidate committee may not make a contribution(s) to a candidate for federal office in excess of $2,800 per election. An authorized committee may not make a contribution(s) to a candidate for federal office in excess of $2,000 per election. A qualified multi-candidate committee and all affiliated committees may not make a contribution(s) to a candidate for federal office in excess of $5,000 per election.”
Translation: The Trump 2020 campaign is in direct violation of numerous campaign finance laws, including ones that prohibit any individual from giving $2,800 to any candidate during an election cycle. That alone suggests that money is flowing into the campaign from any number of questionable sources, including from foreign governments and companies that want to try and buy access to the administration.
Where is all of this illegal money going? Possibly right into Trump’s pockets. As we learned from Bob Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House, Donald Trump thought federal funds for the transition were his to do with as he pleased after the 2016 election, telling transition chairman Chris Christie:
“Where the fuck is the money? I need money for my campaign. I’m putting money in my campaign and you’re fucking stealing from me.”
Also, Trump’s inaugural committee is under investigation by both federal and state authorities for allegedly accepting payoffs to influence policy decisions, especially those related to foreign policy.
When he ran in 2016, Trump repeatedly said he was going to “drain the swamp” in Washington. Instead, he’s merely installed bridges around the swamp to make it easier for the swamp creatures to bring their bribes to him.