Filings with the Federal Election Commission have revealed that Obama for America, Obama’s campaign organization, gave more than $972,000 to the law firm that hired Fusion GPS, the firm that created the Trump Dossier.
Perkins Coie, the law firm in question, was hired by both the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to “research” Trump and from that, they created the Trump Dossier.
Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC at Perkins Coie, hired Fusion GPS in April 2016 to dig up damaging information on Trump. To carry out the task, Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele who then got unverified information about Trump from officials in Russia.
Obama’s campaign made its first payment to Perkins Coie at the same time the law firm hired Fusion GPS — in April 2016:
OFA, Obama’s official campaign arm in 2016, paid nearly $800,000 to Perkins Coie in 2016 alone, according to FEC records. The first 2016 payments to Perkins Coie, classified only as “Legal Services,” were made April 25-26, 2016, and totaled $98,047. A second batch of payments, also classified as “Legal Services,” were disbursed to the law firm on September 29, 2016, and totaled exactly $700,000. Payments from OFA to Perkins Coie in 2017 totaled $174,725 through August 22, 2017. …
The timing and nature of the payments to Perkins Coie by Obama’s official campaign arm raise significant questions about whether OFA was funding Fusion GPS, how much Obama and his team knew about the contents and provenance of the dossier long before its contents were made public, and whether the president or his government lieutenants knowingly used a partisan political document to justify official government actions targeting the president’s political opponents named in the dossier.
The Campaign Legal Center, a non-partisan legal group, filed a complaint with the FEC last week claiming that the Clinton campaign and the DNC broke campaign finance laws because they did not accurately report payments they made related to the Trump dossier — payments that totaled well over $9 million between the two organizations: