The government watchdog group Common Cause is sounding the alarm regarding an alleged $130,000 October 2016 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels, reportedly care of Donald Trump and his desire to keep her quiet about an alleged affair that took place just after the birth of his son, Barron. As Newsweek reported, Common Cause claims in a complaint filed January 22 that the payment to Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford), which was first reported on by The Wall Street Journal in early January, may have been an “in-kind” campaign contribution, and thus a violation of campaign finance laws.
In an attempt to have their concerns about the origin of the $130,000 payment that was reportedly made by Trump attorney Michael Cohen to Daniels, the watchdog group has demanded in its Monday complain that both the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice investigate the matter, as it may have been made both illegally and with the intention of influencing the results of the contentious 2016 election by hiding Trump’s alleged sexual liaison with the porn star.
Per the Common Cause complaint, the group believes that the alleged payment to Daniels could be technically classified as a Trump campaign “expenditure,” and indeed one that could have swayed the results of the election in Donald Trump’s favor.
“The American people expect and deserve transparency when it comes to money spent to influence elections and those requirements are not optional no matter how embarrassing the reason behind the expense. Candidates and their attorneys cannot choose how and when to comply with federal campaign finance laws.”
As Vanity Fair reported, Trump’s lawyer Michael, Michael Cohen (who is a personal attorney for Donald Trump and not affiliated with the U.S. government), had spoken on behalf of the embattled POTUS with regard to the alleged Stormy Daniels “hush money.” According to Cohen, Trump “vehemently denies any such occurrence.” Daniels, who spoke of her alleged affair with Donald Trump in a 2011 issue of InTouch magazine, has also denied that she was paid for her campaign time silence about her sexual past with Trump. According to the porn star, who the Inquisitr previously reported has been banking on her newfound 15 minutes of Trump-related fame, her affair with Donald Trump took place in 2006.
He's, of course, innocent until proven guilty, but Cohen is not the brightest bulb, so wouldn't surprise me if election laws were violated. Trump and his advisers have always acted like they are above the laws that apply to mere mortals.
— Lulu Jaynes (@LuluJaynes) January 18, 2018
Donald Trump is never shy why does he not come out and address this.
— Estelle Levendal (@estellelevenda1) January 23, 2018
Big question is what happens with the "complaint." Will it ever be heard in court and in what century?
— Barend Hamm (@Bareham2016) January 22, 2018
Cost of a photo with TRUMP:
Cost of payoff for silencing affair with PORN STAR:
Cost of a photo with STORMY DANIELS:
Cost of USING CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO SILENCE THE STORY:
— Lynn Dukes (@lynndukes) January 22, 2018
There is, however, something of a paper trail linking the porn star to the President at a critical time during his campaign.
According to corporate documents, Cohen created a shell company for the express purposes of transferring $130,000 to Stormy Daniels. The company is called Essential Consultants LLC and was reportedly created in Delaware only about a month before the 2016 election. Then, an Essential Consultants bank account was used to transfer $130,000 to another account, this one that has been tied to an attorney for Stormy Daniels.
Donald Trump himself has not spoken about the alleged affair, nor the so-called “hush-money” reportedly paid on his behalf to a porn star who claims to have been his mistress just months after the First Lady gave birth to his youngest child.
Watchdog group files complaint against Trump campaign over reported payout to Stormy Daniels https://t.co/h1LWdeu0pk opin( paid her off, funds were paid for the purpose of influencing the 2016 presidential general election,” Paul S. Ryan, #impeachtrump #TheResistance
— Robert Texera (@RobTeixera) January 23, 2018