4. Clinton Foundation Funneling $10,000 Monthly Payments to Sidney Blumenthal
Sidney Blumenthal has been instrumental in helping to lay groundwork for the Clinton 2016 campaign. He worked as a paid consultant with American Bridge and Media Matters, playing a key role in getting the campaign off and running. It appears, however, after a thorough investigation into Sidney Blumenthal, that he has a much wider involvement into the campaign and that the situation is more complicated than was originally reported. His participation has blurred the lines between legal and illegal, in yet another scandal in the short Clinton run for the presidency. Sidney Blumenthal has walked a very fine line between politics, business, and philanthropy, and has financially enriched Hillary’s organization for years. He was somehow able to still advise Mrs. Clinton even though he was legally barred from working in a State Department job. Using contributions to pay Sidney Blumenthal that appeared to have been acquired in a shady manner only muddy the waters of this confusing controversy further.
5. Using Illegal Contributions for a 2016 Run
One of the Hillary Clinton foundation trustees was arrested for defrauding a bank. During trial in a Brooklyn courtroom, the trustee admitted to funneling over $180,000 in illegal contributions to three different candidates, including Hillary Clinton. The rules for running for the presidency are pretty straight-forward. The campaign is only allowed to collect $2,700 from each donor during the primary season and then another $2,700 once the general election begins. This is where Hillary Clinton uses the super PACs to skirt the law and acquire larger lumps of money by walking the fine line of those limitations imposed on candidates. The reason money can be dumped into the super PAC is because according to the Federal Election Committee, unlimited funding can then be raised from individuals, but at the same time these individuals are not allowed to coordinate with anyone within that said campaign.
This list of the five times Democrats used shady donation money for 2016 presidential campaigns is a combination of walking a fine line of the law knowingly and using the law to expose loopholes to still acquire the funding needed to run a successful campaign.