DNC Donations Scandal May Go Beyond Boston Law Firm

DNC Donations Scandal May Go Beyond Boston Law Firm, by Suzanne O’Halloran. The latest scandal in that corrupt US mess:

[S]ome Democratic Senate candidates in tight races scramble to return thousands of dollars in campaign donations following allegations of a massive straw-donor scandal, which Republicans say may be wider than initial reports. …

A straw donor is a person who illegally uses someone else’s money to make contributions under his own name. In this case, according to Novak, the partners at Massachusetts-based Thornton Law Firm were using the company’s money to make donations under their own individual names. Campaign finance rules prohibit entities like Thornton from giving more than $2,700 to any singular candidate, but the use of straw donors allows the firms to illegally circumvent this rule. …

Between 2010 and 2014, three of the firm’s partners gave $1.6M to mostly Democratic candidates. During that same period of time, those same three partners received $1.4M in bonuses from the law firm, in what appears to be reimbursement for their hefty donations. …

Senator Warren looks bad and hypocritical:

Despite the fanfare, one high profile Democrat, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), says she won’t return the donations until it is proven that they were given illegally. … Senator Elizabeth Warren has reportedly received an estimated $130,000 from the Thornton Law Firm over the past decade. Critics are surprised by her decision to keep the donations.

“Democrat politicians like Sen. Elizabeth Warren have spent their careers decrying hidden money in politics, yet Warren refuses to return the contributions she received in connection with this Democrat fundraising scheme that appeared to funnel hidden money to candidates,” Kirsten Hughes, Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, said in a statement.