Ivanka Trump and the fugitive from Panama

How an alleged fraudster in Panama, working with Donald Trump’s daughter, helped make Trump’s first international hotel venture a success [until it folded and everyone but Trump lost money.] The broker was in business with a money-launderer and two criminals from the former Soviet Union. Then he fled.

Ivanka Trump and the fugitive from Panama

WTF?!

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FBI Investigates: 60 Russian Payments “To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016”

After discovering the $30,000 transfer to the embassy in Washington, Citibank launched a review of other transfers by the Russian foreign ministry. It unearthed dozens of other transactions with similar memo lines. Compliance officers in Citibank’s Global Intelligence Unit flagged them as suspicious, noting that it was unable to determine the financial, business, or legal purpose of the transactions.

Much as checks include a memo line, wire transfers often include a note that states what the money is for. The note on this set of transfers does not indicate what election the money was to be used for, or even the country. Seven nations had federal elections during the span when the funds were sent — including the Duma, Russia’s lower house of Parliament, on Sept. 18, 2016. Russian embassies and diplomatic compounds opened polling stations for voters living abroad.

…Following the congressional requests, Citibank turned over a range of financial documents. The material includes more than 650 suspicious transactions between November 2013 and March 2017 totaling about $2.9 million. That money was sent to four Russian accounts operating in the US: the embassy; the Office of Defense, Military, Air and Naval Attaches; and Russian cultural centers in Washington and New York City.

Most of these wire transfers were not related to the election, sources say, but are the subject of FBI scrutiny for their possible ties to Russian corruption and money laundering.

Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments “To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016”

The Paradise Papers Data Dump: What’s Been Reported So Far

The rich may be richer than you thought:
…[X has] more than $7.5 billion in a previously undisclosed, four-decade-old fund set up in Bermuda.
…{x used] used a Bermuda-based family trust to reduce his tax bill and conceal his interest in a payday lender under U.S. scrutiny.
…More than a dozen members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle …held undisclosed offshore companies.
…[X]used other offshore firms to shelter money his family funneled to political causes.
…Bank of Utah manages more than 1,390 aircraft trust accounts that obscure the identities of the jets’ (largely foreign) owners,

The Paradise Papers Data Dump: What’s Been Reported So Far – Bloomberg

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Brazile on Clinton Campaign’s Influence DNC 

Gary [Gensler, the chief financial officer of Hillary’s campaign] said the campaign had to do it or the party would collapse.

“That was the deal that Robby struck with Debbie,” he explained, referring to campaign manager Robby Mook. “It was to sustain the DNC. We sent the party nearly $20 million from September until the convention, and more to prepare for the election.”

…Officials from Hillary’s campaign had taken a look at the DNC’s books. Obama left the party $24 million in debt—$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign—and had been paying that off very slowly. Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016. Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance.

…The party chair usually shrinks the staff between presidential election campaigns, but Debbie had chosen not to do that. She had stuck lots of consultants on the DNC payroll, and Obama’s consultants were being financed by the DNC, too.

…I knew that Debbie had outsourced a lot of the management of the party and had not been the greatest at fundraising.

…When the party chooses the nominee, the custom is that the candidate’s team starts to exercise more control over the party. If the party has an incumbent candidate, as was the case with Clinton in 1996 or Obama in 2012, this kind of arrangement is seamless because the party already is under the control of the president. When you have an open contest without an incumbent and competitive primaries, the party comes under the candidate’s control only after the nominee is certain. When I was manager of Al Gore’s campaign in 2000, we started inserting our people into the DNC in June. This victory fund agreement, however, had been signed in August 2015, just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and nearly a year before she officially had the nomination.

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC – POLITICO Magazine

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