Ex-Clinton Pollster: Hillary Broken Campaign Finance Laws, Not Trump
Former pollster for both Clintons, Mark Penn, back President Trump
An American pollster, who worked on both Bill and Hillary Clinton's election runs, has declared that Hillary is the one who broke the law regarding campaign financing, not Donald Trump.
In an op-ed for The Hill on Wednesday, Penn he argues that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea highlights the "double standard" that prosecutors are unfairly applying to Donald Trump.
Penn co-founded the polling firm Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, whose clients included political and business leaders such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Bill Gates.
Penn later served as chief strategist and pollster to Hillary Clinton in her unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election.
Breitbart reports: Penn argues that while what Trump is alleged to have done — paying Stormy Daniels for a non-disclosure agreement she had sought for five years prior to the election — was legal, Hillary Clinton failed to report campaign expenditures that led to the Steele dossier.
If anyone broke campaign finance law, Penn argues, it was Clinton, not Trump...
But prosecutors want Trump out of office.
"The usual procedures here would be for the FEC to investigate complaints and sort through these murky laws to determine if these kinds of payments are personal in nature or more properly classified as campaign expenditures.
"And, on the Daniels payment that was made and reimbursed by Trump, it is again a question of whether that was made for personal reasons (especially since they have been trying since 2011 to obtain agreement).
"Just because it would be helpful to the campaign does not convert it to a campaign expenditure.
"Think of a candidate with bad teeth who had dental work done to look better for the campaign; his campaign still could not pay for it because it’s a personal expenditure."
"Contrast what is going on here with the treatment of the millions of dollars paid to a Democratic law firm which, in turn, paid out money to political research firm Fusion GPS and British ex-spy Christopher Steele without listing them on any campaign expenditure form — despite crystal-clear laws and regulations that the ultimate beneficiaries of the funds must be listed.
"This rule was even tightened recently.
"There is no question that hiring spies to do opposition research in Russia is a campaign expenditure, and yet, no prosecutorial raids have been sprung on the law firm, Fusion GPS or Steele. Reason: It does not “get” Trump."