It is now becoming quite clear that for the last few years a double standard has existed regarding how the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) handle Obama/Clinton campaign finance violations versus how they treat alleged violations by President Trump. And the Special Counsel’s office seems to have continued that tradition as seen in the recent court action involving Michael Cohen.
Of the eight criminal charges Cohen pleaded guilty to, two of them are alleged campaign finance offenses involving his payment of personal — not campaign — hush money to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump almost a decade before he was a candidate. But the media talking heads who pretend to be experts on such laws are making a huge mistake. First and foremost, a candidate is allowed to spend as much of their own money as they want on campaign expenditures, but it is far from certain if Trump’s payment to these women can even be described as campaign expenditures. …
But now, for funzies, let’s take a look how the feds have treated campaign finance violations by Obama and Hillary.
In 2008, Investor’s Business Daily reported that more than $190 million of Obama’s campaign contributions were unidentifiable and some of it was foreign and over the allowable limits. Newsmax reported that this was “the largest pool of unidentified money that has ever flooded into the U.S. election system, before or after the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reforms of 2002.” …
In 2011, Obama again blatantly violated federal law when he used federal offices to raise campaign money. Specifically, he was illegally using the White House “Map Room” for partisan political fundraising and even sent out a video promoting such illegal activity. See here and here.
The RNC chairman at the time, Reince Priebus, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate, but Holder did nothing, nor did any law enforcement agency or even the FEC investigate.
But let’s look at an issue that more closely resembles Trump’s payment of hush money to the two women. During the 2008 election, one of Obama’s campaign associates approached Reverend Jeremiah Wright and offered him hush money — $150,000 — to stay silent the rest of the election season. Wright was Obama’s long-time pastor but, not surprisingly, also a radical, anti-white racist who famously uttered “God damn America” among other things. Obama was alarmed since the media was beginning to take notice of this nut job and the two held a secret meeting. It is not certain if this money ever changed hands but if it did and it was specifically designed to influence the election (which it was) and it wasn’t disclosed (which it wasn’t), then federal laws were violated. However, even though this was reported by journalist Edward Klein in his book, The Amateur, six years ago, I am not aware of any investigations by any federal agency or the FEC to determine if federal laws were violated.