FEC fines Clinton campaign, DNC for improperly disclosing money spent on Trump-Russia dossier

FEC fines Clinton campaign, DNC for improperly disclosing money spent on Trump-Russia dossier

The Federal Election Commission fined Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee earlier last month.

The campaign was fined for not properly disclosing the money they spent on research into the opposition that led to the Trump-Russia dossier.

According to CNN, the DNC was fined $105,000 and the Clinton campaign was fined $8,000. Political candidates and groups are required to publicly disclose all spending to the FEC. All expenditures of more than $200 must have their purpose explained. The FEC report concludes that the Clinton campaign and the DNC misreported the money that funded the dossier specifically.

The FEC believed the funds were masked as “legal services” and “legal and compliance consulting” rather than what the money was actually being used for.

The money trail behind the dossier has been a subject of scrutiny for awhile. More than a million dollars from the Clinton campaign and DNC were sent to the law firm Perkins Coie, who then hired the opposition research company Fusion GPS.

The dossier was compiled by retired British spy Christopher Steele. While the dossier contained unverified and salacious allegations about Donald Trump, Steele has maintained the position that his research was not meant for public disclosure.

Over the years, lawsuits and investigations have discredited many of Steele’s central allegations about collusion, exposing that Steele’s sources were unreliable.

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