AP: Saudi Tycoon Used Middleman to Funnel Money to Obama’s Inaugural Celebration


You can file this story under the heading of tories the mainstream press will ignore, even though the one who funneled the money is accused of using foreign money for contributing to several unnamed politicians. (Unnamed is the code word for Democrats). Much of that money went towards Obama inauguration bash. Contributions from foreigners is illegal. But, since the money was cycled through an intermediary they can claim ignorance of where the money came from. I would have to suspect the Saudis expect something for the hundreds of thousands they are spending on our elected officials.

From Breitbart News

(AP) — When President Barack Obama was reelected in 2012, a Saudi tycoon and his business associate sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the U.S. to help pay for the inaugural celebration and get a picture with the president, according to court documents and an analysis of campaign finance records by The Associated Press.

U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals from making those sorts of political contributions. But the donations Sheikh Mohammed Al Rahbani tried to send to Obama’s inaugural committee were funneled through a seasoned straw donor, the records and the AP analysis show.

That intermediary, Imaad Zuberi, agreed this month to plead guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to several American political candidates on behalf of foreign nationals. He is also set to plead guilty to concealing his work as a foreign agent as he lobbied high-level U.S. government officials.

The prosecution by the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles is the latest in a string of cases that highlight the prevalence of banned foreign money in American politics and the often lax approach campaigns take in vetting contributions.