WaPo: Hillary adviser raised funds illegally for 2008 shadow campaign?

posted at 12:01 pm on March 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray has a real scandal on his hands, but it may do a lot more damage than first thought. As part of the corruption investigation into Gray’s 2010 campaign, Jeffrey Thompson pled guilty to conspiracy charges and worked with prosecutors on their probe into Gray. However, Thompson had a lot more to discuss than just municipal campaigns — fingering a key adviser to Hillary Clinton and alleging a conspiracy to conduct an illegal shadow campaign in 2008:

A longtime adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton personally sought and secured the funding for what prosecutors say was an illegal shadow operation to boost Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, according to court papers released as part of a wide-ranging campaign finance investigation.

Washington businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, who pleaded guilty Monday to federal conspiracy charges in a case that has focused largely on D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) 2010 campaign, told federal prosecutors that Clinton aide Minyon Moore asked him to fund pro-Clinton efforts in four states and Puerto Rico costing $608,750 during the hard-fought 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, the documents show.

Thompson financed the operation through his accounting firm, at times funneling funds through a company owned by a longtime associate. A spokeswoman said Moore did not know that Thompson was funding the project off the books, adding that Moore had asked Thompson to raise money directly for the campaign.

Prosecutors said they had no evidence showing Clinton was aware of the efforts.

But Thompson, in his discussions with authorities, depicted Moore as playing a far more intimate role in the off-the-books campaign than was previously indicated — securing the money and helping guide the strategy by feeding internal campaign documents and receiving messages about the media coverage.

The Post’s Matea Gold and Rosalind Helderman offer a very detailed look at the effort, which began late in the 2008 primary cycle. By February 2008, Hillary had already been set back on her heels in fundraising and support by the upstart Barack Obama campaign, which stunned everyone with its effectiveness. According to the court papers, that’s when Moore began working to find a way around the campaign-finance restrictions, especially to fund GOTV efforts.

The effort included people from League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), even though the organization supposedly refrains from endorsements. It’s a 501(c)4, according to its website, although it takes a little digging to find the reference. That makes it the same as those conservative groups attacked by the IRS — a category which is designed for groups that are primarily oriented to “social welfare,” and which cannot endorse or work for candidates. The “street teams” provided by LULAC and funded through off-the-books cash distributed campaign materials for Hillary, the papers allege, among other activities. If true, LULAC will, or at least should, have major issues with their tax status that year.

Team Hillary denies everything, of course:

The Dewey Square Group public affairs firm where Moore works said in a statement Tuesday that Moore “fully cooperated with the government’s investigation and the facts make clear that she was entirely unaware of any inappropriate activities and at all times conducted herself, as she always has, not only in full compliance with the law but in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards.”

“Nothing that happened yesterday changes these facts,” the statement said.

The firm also fired back at The Washington Post, which first reported the new details, for the newspaper’s perceived implication that Moore was asking for funding she knew was illegal.

”The article posted online today by The Washington Post regarding Minyon Moore is inaccurate,” the firm said. “Nowhere in the Statement of Offense from March 10, 2014 does it say Ms. Moore sought funds for an ‘illegal’ campaign.

“The Statement of Offense says Ms. Moore asked Jeffrey Thompson to fund street teams. In fact she asked Thompson to contribute and raise money directly for the campaign so the campaign could afford to execute a field program in constituent communities. Her actions were legal.”

Possibly her actions were legal, thanks to the vagaries of campaign-finance laws. LULAC might not get so lucky. Even so, this smells bad, especially given the fact that Moore appears to have done this when Team Hillary got very, very desperate — and still lost a fight that was supposed to be a coronation.

If Democrats aren’t spooked by Hillary’s dropping poll numbers, they should be spooked by the incompetence.

Update: Out of fairness to the nature of plea bargains, I added a question mark to the headline.


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And not indicted by the Eric Witholder Contemptable DOJ of course like D’Souza of course.

ConstantineXI on March 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Vincent Gray gave the state of the city speech last night. He says that Thompson is a liar. So who you going to believe, the guy who just pled guilty or DC’s fine upstanding mayor? /

The Demonrat primary for Mayor is just three weeks off, and Gray still holds a lead. This is DC after all.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

What difference…well you know the routine by now!

Deano1952 on March 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

” … Democrats … should be spooked by the incompetence.”

If her before & after performance regarding Benghazi didn’t spook them
it is unlikely Democrats are capable of being spooked by anything.

NixTyranny on March 12, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Prosecutors said they had no evidence showing Clinton was aware of the efforts.

Of course not….she first heard about it like us, watching
the news…..

ToddPA on March 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Hopefully enough people will see that this would bring the constant Clinton corruption back into the WH and just decide to stay home.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

What difference…well you know the routine by now!

Deano1952 on March 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

It really doesn’t make a difference. Only one of the Demonrats running for mayor have not received contributions from Uncle Earl. They are quick to point out that these contributions were legal and above board. Nevertheless, it points out the cesspool that comes from single party rule.

DC Dems are running scared. The demographics are shifting and the next mayor may not necessarily be black. So, the black Democrats are also accusing the white Democrats of being racists. Fun to watch.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Duh Dem beat goes on…and on…and on…

vnvet on March 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

And Slick Billary will just keep on a’keepin’ on…

vnvet on March 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

this smells bad

…smells like shit!…or as Shad would say…like
arugula!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Hopefully enough people will see that this would bring the constant Clinton corruption back into the WH and just decide to stay home.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

As opposed to the Constant Corruption we have now??

ToddPA on March 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Even so, this smells bad

…ok!…it smells like pooh pooh…or as Shad would say…like arugula!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

It appears she’s going full KGB this time around:

O/T Jeffrey Lord writes about Hillary Clinton’s private NSA funded by Soros.
http://spectator.org/articles/58162/hillarys-private-nsa

onlineanalyst on March 12, 2014 at 9:15 AM

tru2tx on March 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM

War on Womynz Vast Rightwingerz Conspiracy or something…

workingclass artist on March 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Big deal, none of this will touch Hillary, nothing to see here, move along…

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM

As opposed to the Constant Corruption we have now??

ToddPA on March 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

And we still have 3 more years of it. But if you so much as believe there’s one ounce of corruption, you’re a racist. America’s last black president.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

DC Dems are running scared. The demographics are shifting and the next mayor may not necessarily be black. So, the black Democrats are also accusing the white Democrats of being racists. Fun to watch.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Running scared? no, just a little testy because a lot of them will not win reelection. They won’t start running scared until after Erick Holder is no longer the AG, and even then, only if the new AG starts prosecuting political corruption, which tragically, isn’t likely to happen.

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

This will be a non-issue for Schillary. Try to explain “shadow operations” and “illegal campaign financing” to a LIV…might as well try to teach calculus to a hamster.

If it won’t fit on a bumper sticker, you’re wasting your time.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on March 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

If this gains any traction (not likely), Jeffrey Thompson would be well advised to never get anywhere near Fort Marcy Park.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

If this gains any traction (not likely), Jeffrey Thompson would be well advised to never get anywhere near Fort Marcy Park.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on March 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Sorry, Meggy, but the young kiddies aren’t going to get excited over a shriveled old white hag the way they did for obama. Ugly college broads, maybe.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Sorry for the double post. Damn thing said I posted a duplicate comment on my first try. And I didn’t hit Preview either.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

This will be a non-issue for Schillary. Try to explain “shadow operations” and “illegal campaign financing” to a LIV…might as well try to teach calculus to a hamster.

If it won’t fit on a bumper sticker, you’re wasting your time.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on March 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Which is why we need the following on bumper stickers:

HILLARY LIED, 4 MEN DIED.

ToddPA on March 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on March 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Sorry, Meggy, but the young kiddies aren’t going to get excited over a shriveled old white hag the way they did for obama. Ugly college broads, maybe.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Evil has an amazing ability to attract the young and stupid, Hansel and Gretel were not the first kids that the wicked witch seduced and tried to eat, they’re just the ones who got away…

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Hansel and Gretel were not the first kids that the wicked witch seduced and tried to eat, they’re just the ones who got away…

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Twasn’t the witch. Twas the candy house. Ain’t puttin’ no candy house on that shrill cvnt.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Twasn’t the witch. Twas the candy house. Ain’t puttin’ no candy house on that shrill cvnt.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Evil old witches fool young people all the time by pretending to be sweet old grandmothers… You and I know exactly what Hillary is… but she will fool an amazing number of young people by pretending to be a sweet old grandmother…

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

The Clinton’s corrupt? Say it ain’t so Hillary!

BTW Ambassador Chris Stevens was unavailable for comment.

GarandFan on March 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

BTW Ambassador Chris Stevens was unavailable for comment.

GarandFan on March 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

True… But I bet Teddy Kennedy is getting an ear full from him right now… (well, in-between the pokes in the rear end with the pitchforks anyways)

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

the facts make clear that she was entirely unaware of any inappropriate activities

Wow, how are all these ads being paid for? Gee, expenses are mysteriously being handled without any funds being disbursed from the campaign. Hmm, that’s odd.

mankai on March 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

2008? Most federal crimes, except for murder, have a 5 year statute of limitations, but if that’s your defense you are guilty.

Besides, someone who’s so smart that she can turn a $1000 investment in cattle futures into $100,000 in less than a year despite not having any previous experience and no desire to do it again should not have to resort to skullduggery for campaign finances. Just bet everything on 0 and spin the roulette wheel.

rbj on March 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Thompson financed the operation through his accounting firm, at times funneling funds through a company owned by a longtime associate.

What an idiot. he could have just done what Barky did in 2008, turn off the AVS on Shrillary’s campaign credit card page and then he could have just bought tons of anonymous pre-pay credit cards and donated as much as he wanted under all sorts of names, like Doodad Pro, John Galt, Joseph Stalin, and Mickey Mouse. It worked for Barky to the tune of hundreds of millions (not some paltry three-quarter million) and no one in government even bothered raising a peep about it, then or now. He might have even been able to get a Rezco sham real estate deal in the process …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Get out! Killery’s corrupt?! !! Let me pick myself up off the floor! Are you freaking kidding me?!! Corrupt?! The Clintons?!!!!

Rational Thought on March 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Besides, someone who’s so smart that she can turn a $1000 investment in cattle futures into $100,000 in less than a year despite not having any previous experience and no desire to do it again should not have to resort to skullduggery for campaign finances.

rbj on March 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

And don’t forget, Shrillary was good enough at cattle futures that she somehow managed to not have to make margin calls, either. Now, that is pure skill and flat-out Smarts Power!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

If this gains any traction (not likely), Jeffrey Thompson would be well advised to never get anywhere near Fort Marcy Park.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

It won’t gain traction. Killary’s supporters are very careful in branding. The whole point of that “Ban Bossy” thing by the Facebook CEO is, IMO, to make it that much harder to attack a “girl” running for President come 2016.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Obama simply will not be topped in campaign finance corruption.

Ecuadoran criminals avoid deportation by donating to Obama and congressional Democrats. Quid pro quo.

Adjoran on March 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

but she will fool an amazing number of young people by pretending to be a sweet old grandmother…

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

You need to think of a different analogy, O-Scar. How many kiddies want their grandmother in the WH? They want them in the kitchen baking cookies.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

You need to think of a different analogy, O-Scar. How many kiddies want their grandmother in the WH? They want them in the kitchen baking cookies.

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Nope, these kiddies aren’t smart enough to know that grandmothers know how to bake… (or at least should know how to bake) the one lonely brain cell these kids have, is tided up in the corner by a bit of hemp…

oscarwilde on March 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM

This is payback for the shutdown.

Anyone else remember when Harry Reid had his press conference interuppted by the Mayor of D.C.?

Now the mayor is learning a hard lesson. The Democrats know of one anothers corruption. Either stay on board, or be thrown under the bus.

Baggi on March 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

This is payback for the shutdown.

Anyone else remember when Harry Reid had his press conference interuppted by the Mayor of D.C.?

Now the mayor is learning a hard lesson. The Democrats know of one anothers corruption. Either stay on board, or be thrown under the bus.

Baggi on March 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Your comments are just silly. All of this stems from Gray’s last election. The US Attorney has been investigating for years.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

But… but she’s accomplished so much.

Tsar of Earth on March 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Your comments are just silly. All of this stems from Gray’s last election. The US Attorney has been investigating for years.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Indeed they have. Investigations take a long time. While the investigation has been going on for years, Thompson only just took the plea deal and Gray is calling him a liar.

Baggi on March 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Your comments are just silly. All of this stems from Gray’s last election. The US Attorney has been investigating for years.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Thompson only recently took the plea deal and the Mayor only recently called him a liar.

Baggi on March 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

This may be an early indication that the REB does not intend to endorse Hilz. If he did plan to, this investigation could have been buried like F&F, Benghazi, IRS Corruption, etc.

So who does he plan to endorse? ABH? Or anyone black? There’s always been bad blood between the CCF and the REB from the 2008 primaries.

slickwillie2001 on March 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

If there were a picture of Hillary receiving the funds in a brown paper bag, she’d still deny everything – and CBS would do a 12 part series entitled “Sexism in America”.

And I suppose Minyon is one of those true believers who will fall on her sword for the Clintons if indicted.

Hucklebuck on March 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Your comments are just silly. All of this stems from Gray’s last election. The US Attorney has been investigating for years.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Thompson only recently took the plea deal and the Mayor only recently called him a liar.

Baggi on March 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

He had no reason to squeal until now. Prosecutors had to get something in exchange for the plea.

Hucklebuck on March 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I wouldn’t be to quick to believe Thompson. He’s trying to get the best deal he can. He might accuse Ed or Allahpundit next.

oldennis on March 12, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Fort Marcy Park is a big place but it will be covered with bodies if Killary gets the nomination and if she gets elected will be three deep by the end of her first term.
If anyone thinks the Presstitutes in the Manure Spreading Media are fawning over King Putt you ain’t seen NOTHING yet if Killary runs for and is elected POTUS.
The Forth Estate will become a directly controlled appendage of the Executive Branch. Much worse than it is now.

Missilengr on March 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Fort Marcy Park is a big place but it will be covered with bodies if Killary gets the nomination, if she gets elected will be three deep by the end of her first term.
If anyone thinks the Presstitutes in the Manure Spreading Media are fawning over King Putt you ain’t seen NOTHING yet if Killary runs for and is elected POTUS.
The Forth Estate will become a directly controlled appendage of the Executive Branch. Much worse than it is now.

Missilengr on March 12, 2014 at 4:37 PM

WTF? I didn’t do that! The Government did.

Missilengr on March 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Another body under the Clinton bus.

What difference does it make?

Sherman1864 on March 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

This is old news…she wasn’t the only Democrat to take illegal contributions, get caught, and then declare she had no intention of giving it back…

easyt65 on March 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

And as always, if this story were connected to a Republican candidate, even with proof that the candidate was unaware of any improper activities, they would be tarnished as a scandalous crook. Meanwhile, liberals deny and get an instant pass.

There can’t possibly be anyone who is surprised when Hillary Clinton is connected with shady political dealings. It’s mother’s milk to her.

Freelancer on March 13, 2014 at 4:38 AM