Steve Bannon was just reported to the FBI for allegedly committing a felony by breaking campaign finance laws while he was working for Trump’s presidential campaign.
Steve Bannon, one of the leaders of the white nationalist alt-right, was recently named to a top position in Trump’s White House. Over the past few months, Bannon went from running Breitbart, to running Trump’s campaign, to now being appointed as one of Trump’s Senior Advisers.
Bannon has a very shady past; and now it looks like he may have broken federal campaign finance laws while he was the CEO of Trump’s presidential campaign.
On Tuesday The Democratic Coalition, a watchdog group, filed a formal FBI complaint against Steve Bannon. The filing alleges that Bannon broke federal campaign finance laws by coordinating a Super PAC with the Trump campaign. He also likely broke federal law by receiving payments from that Super PAC while he was working for Trump.
The Democratic Coalition released a statement Tuesday explaining why they filed the complaint with the FBI:
“The Democratic Coalition Against Trump reported Steve Bannon to the FBI on Tuesday morning after learning that he likely broke campaign finance laws during his time as CEO for the Trump campaign. According to FEC records, $950,090 was paid to Bannon’s company, Glittering Steel LLC, over the course of the campaign by pro-Trump super PAC, Make America Number 1. The super PAC is mainly backed by Robert and Rebekah Mercer, and Rebekah was recently named to Trump’s transition team. The most recent payment made to Glittering Steel LLC was on November 5, 2016, and a full list of the expenditures made by the PAC to Bannon’s company can be found here. Before Bannon became Trump campaign CEO in August of this year, Glittering Steel LLC was reported to the FEC at Breitbart’s address in Beverly Hills, CA. Right after Bannon became CEO, however, Glittering Steel LLC was exclusively reported to the FEC at an address in Arlington, VA.
It is against campaign finance law for super PACs to directly coordinate with the campaigns they support, so Bannon’s role as both an employee of the super PAC and campaign CEO would have broken the law. Additionally, there is a 120-day “cooling off” period for employees once they leave a super PAC to join a campaign to help avoid coordination, which Bannon would have violated when he became Trump’s campaign CEO just 9 days after being paid by Make America Number 1. The FBI’s public corruption unit has jurisdiction to investigate campaign finance crimes, and in 2015 a campaign worker was sentenced to 2 years in prison for his role in illegal coordination between a campaign and a Super PAC.”
Only time will tell if Bannon is prosecuted for breaking these federal laws. But this whole thing is just further proof that Trump and the people he surrounds himself with do not think they need to abide by the laws of this country. Ironic that Trump has spent the last year and a half claiming that Hillary was the crooked one.
Buckle up kids….it’s going to be a long 4 years.