Lawyer Michael Avenatti is being accused of trying to trick people into donating to his political action committee (PAC) by stumping for Democratic Party nominee Beto O'Rourke, who is running in the 2018 Texas U.S. Senate race, the Daily Beast reports.
The spotlight-loving attorney is best known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her case against Donald Trump, and Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Avenatti, who continues to make regular appearances on cable news programming is also eyeing a potential 2020 presidential campaign.
The lawyer often takes to Twitter to advocate on behalf of his clients, as well as promote his own political views.
Ironically, it was Avenatti's prolific Twitter use that has gotten him in trouble. Under the pretense of raising money for Beto O'Rourke -- who, according to the Daily Beast, is breaking fundraising records -- linked to Democratic donation platform ActBlue. The website appeared to be an O'Rourke donation page, but it was not.
The fine print on the very page Avenatti linked noted that half of all donations would go to the lawyer's Fight PAC.
Twitter caught on almost immediately, prompting Avenatti to delete the tweet.
Brendan Fischer, the director of Federal Election Commission reform programs at the Campaign Legal Center discussed Avenatti's fundraising tactic with the Daily Beast.
"It is pretty skeezy. If Avenatti wanted to raise funds for Beto O'Rourke's campaign, he could just share a link to the Beto for Senate donation page...some viewers could miss the fine print disclosing that their donation would be split with Avenatti's PAC."
"It wasn't worth the nonsense that resulted from people that don't understand how common this is," Avenatti said.