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Remember When Obama Campaign Was Fined $375K And Got NO Jail Time? Let’s Remind Libs

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One of the hottest headlines this week is that President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen turned himself into the FBI after he allegedly struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Ostensibly, Cohen is said to have violated campaign finance laws which are murky at best and subject to a wide legal interpretation.

Cohen’s violation centers around a payment to porn star Stormy Daniels of over $100,000 in hush money. He made a statement that it was at the behest of the ‘candidate’ which seems to allude to President Trump. In the end, it is Cohen’s word against Trump’s. And if that is all it is based upon, it isn’t much.

After that dust-up, Democrats and the leftist media started crowing that this was the end of the Trump “regime” and that impeachment seems to be imminent. Personally, I think they have it all wrong. Considering their track record, they are hardly ones to be listened to in a situation such as this. It wasn’t that long ago that a Democratic presidential campaign was charged with much worse.

The source for this is surprisingly the Politico. In 2013, Maggie Haberman reported on the criminal campaign reporting violations against the Obama campaign. Yes, Barack Obama is guilty of said violations even though I contend that Trump is not. According to the Politico, the Obama campaign was fined $375,000 for those violations.

The Federal Elections Commission nailed President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for campaign reporting violations. The $375,000 fine was one of the largest fees ever levied against a presidential campaign. Unsurprisingly, very few people were even aware of it thanks to the media and leftist Democrats. The fine was detailed in FEC documents. They arose from an audit of the campaign and the results were published in April of 2012.

From the Politico:

“’$375,000 is a huge fine,” said Republican election lawyer Jason Torchinsky. “It may one of their top five- or 10-largest fines.”

“But he added, “They’re also the first billion-dollar presidential campaign. Proportionally, it’s not out of line.”

“FEC officials declined to comment on the fee or the existence of the agreement. But for context, failed Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole set a record for FEC fines on his 1996 campaign when he paid $100,000 two years later.

“’At the time, the 2008 campaign was record-breaking, with over 3 million grassroots donors,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan said. “The very few outstanding questions about the $750 million that was raised have now all been resolved.”

“The major sticking point for the FEC appeared to be a series of missing 48-hour notices for nearly 1,300 contributions totaling more than $1.8 million — an issue that lawyers familiar with the commission’s work say the FEC takes seriously. The notices must be filed on contributions of $1,000 or more that are received within the 20-day window of Election Day.

“More than half of those contributions were transferred from the Obama Victory Fund,a joint committee between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

“Sources said the fine resulting from the settlement agreement has been paid, with $230,000 coming from the Obama campaign’s coffers and the remainder from the DNC.

“The document outlined other violations, such as erroneous contribution dates on some campaign reports. The Obama campaign was also late returning some contributions that exceeded the legal limit.

“For critics of the Obama campaign, the audit was a reminder of other reporting errors by the 2008 effort, which campaign officials said they tried to correct in real-time. But independent experts, including former FEC commissioner Michael Toner, said after the audit was released that the infractions were relatively minor, given the scope of the campaign.”

President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign failed to properly report about $2 million worth of last-minute campaign contributions. That’s huge. The Obama for America campaign committee didn’t file mandatory notices for about 1,300 contributions received just prior to the 2008 presidential election according to the audit.

Campaign finance laws mandate that candidates file notices within 48 hours of contributions of $1,000 or more received less than 20 days before the election. Most of the missing 48-hour notices came from a transfer on Oct. 24, 2008, from the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the FEC found. The campaign did report the contributions, but not within the 48-hour time frame, according to the audit.

So, as everyone gets all hot and bothered over what may or may not be a campaign violation, it might serve the left as a reminder to look back at the Obama campaign and what they actually were charged with. There was no jail time imposed for that huge fine either. As I opined earlier, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz stated that Trump did not violate campaign finance laws, even if his former lawyer Michael Cohen did. “If the president had paid $280,000 to these two women — even if he had done so in order to help his campaign — that would be no problem,” Dershowitz told Fox News. “The candidate is entitled to contribute a million dollars to his own campaign, as long as he reports it.”

But you know who did violate campaign finance laws? Barack Obama did. Funny how that didn’t get headlines like Trump’s alleged violations are getting, isn’t it?

President Trump Announced How He Just Got Mexico To Pay For The Wall

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When President Trump said he would have Mexico pay for the wall on our southern border, he meant it. He just announced how they are going to do it too… through the USMCA (the revision of NAFTA). Which I suspect was the plan all along.

Very early this morning at about 4:38 am, Trump tweeted: “I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!”

For those doubters on Twitter (and you will see some of them below), I highly doubt the plan was ever to have Mexico pay for the wall up front. We would fund the wall and recoup the funding from Mexico. I don’t see what is so hard to understand about that. But it seems to be a financial move many can’t seem to grasp and that is beyond their comprehension.

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING TRUMP BUILD THE WALL 75,000 HAVE SIGNED

I fully support that if Congress just won’t fund the wall, having the military build it through Pentagon funding and then reimbursing them for it. Why? Because it is a national security issue and always has been. That border is a clear and present danger.

Why shouldn’t Trump have Mexico pay through the USMCA? And why all the negativity from people who are obviously poorly informed and just politically biased? They let their hate for the president dictate all their thoughts and actions rather than looking at the mechanics of the move and the benefits from it. I just don’t get these people. They have not even given this a chance and already they are shooting it down. That’s a leftist for you.

Check out the moves on Twitter over this:

https://twitter.com/crimsonfaith88/status/1073207655760576514

https://twitter.com/catgrinner/status/1073207093254066178

Most of these people don’t seem to get that a great deal of the funding for the wall was approved before Trump started all of this. I have never seen so many people so intent on leaving themselves open to attack. What a bunch of foolish, self-involved individuals. Just sad. Build the wall whatever it takes and do it fast before one of our many enemies gets a chance to severely cripple this nation once again.

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Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers Will Testify This Coming Week, “Explosive” Allegations to Come…

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“With regard to the investigation, which doesn’t get a lot of attention, into the Clinton foundation, the DOJ designated John Huber to look into this. They have 6,000 pages of evidence that they’ve gone through. The foundation raised $2.5 billion, and they’re looking into potential improprieties. What’s next on this investigation?” the Fox News host questioned Congressman Meadows.

“Well, I think for the American people, they want to bring some closure, not just a few sound bites, here or there, so we’re going to be having a hearing this week, not only covering over some of those 6,000 pages that you’re talking about, but hearing directly from three whistleblowers that have actually spent the majority of the last two years investigating this,” Meadows answered.

The Gateway Pundit reports:

Some of the allegations they make are quite explosive, Martha and as we just look at the contributions — now everybody’s focused on the contributions for the Clinton Foundation and what has happened just in the last year, but if you look at it, you know, it had a very strong rise, the minute she was selected as Secretary of State — then it dipped down when she was no longer there and then rose again, when she decided to run for president. So there’s all kinds of allegations of you know, pay-to-play and that kind of thing, “Meadows said.

Take a look:

In the three years following Hillary Clinton’s departure from her position in the State Department, the Clinton Foundation donations dropped by 90%.

The Gateway Pundit writes, “Hillary Clinton left the State Department in 2013 and it looks like nobody wants to pay since she can no longer play.”

Currently, the Clinton Foundation is being put under investigation by the Justice Department and the FBI for a whole plethora of reasons.

The Hill reports that the Clinton Foundation is also being investigated by the IRS in order to find out whether or not any “tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use.”

Numerous Clinton emails backing up the idea that the Clinton Foundation was involved in “pay-to-play” schemes during Clinton’s time serving as the head of the Department of State have been found by Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

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