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Sat May 5, 2018, 04:53 AM

The GOP took $10.4 M over 2 years from Russian Americans linked to Viktor Vekselberg,

a Russian oligarch who was identified yesterday as having been detained by the Mueller team in an airport a couple months ago, because they wanted his electronic devices.

Professor Ruth May, a business professor at the University of Dallas, did some very important reporting last year that provides background to the recent action by Mueller's investigators. She specifically named Vekselberg as a Russian oligarch who merited Mueller's scrutiny. He is connected to Russian Americans who donated millions to the GOP from 2015-17.

No wonder the GOP Congress are defending DT so strongly now. Their corruption is entangled with his.


https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/04/05/putins-proxies-helped-funnel-millions-gop-campaigns

Viktor Vekselberg is one of the 10 richest men in Russia. He and long-time business partner Blavatnik hold a 20.5 percent stake in Rusal. (They met while attending university in Russia.)

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Andrew Intrater, according to Mother Jones, is Vekselberg's cousin. He is also chief executive of Columbus Nova, Renova's U.S. investment arm located in New York. (FEC records list his employer as Renova US Management LLC.)
Intrater had no significant history of political contributions prior to the 2016 elections. But in January 2017 he contributed $250,000 to Trump's Inaugural Committee. His six-figure gift bought him special access to a dinner billed as "an intimate policy discussion with select cabinet appointees," according to a brochure obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.

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Simon Kukes is an oil magnate who has something in common with Intrater. From 1998 to 2003, he worked for Vekselberg and Blavatnik as chief executive of TNK. Redacted CIA documents released in 2003 under the Freedom of Information Act said "TNK president Kukes said that he bribed local officials." The CIA confirmed the authenticity of the reports to The Guardian newspaper but would not comment further. In 2016, Kukes contributed a total of $283,000, much of it to the Trump Victory Fund. He had no significant donor history before last year's election.

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In total, Blavatnik, Intrater, Shustorovich and Kukes made $10.4 million in political contributions from the start of the 2015-16 election cycle through September 2017, and 99 percent of their contributions went to Republicans. With the exception of Shustorovich, the common denominator that connects the men is their association with Vekselberg. Experts who follow the activities of Russian oligarchs told ABC News that they believe the contributions from Blavatnik, Intrater and Kukes warrant intense scrutiny because they have worked closely with Vekselberg.

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Reply The GOP took $10.4 M over 2 years from Russian Americans linked to Viktor Vekselberg, (Original post)
pnwmom May 2018 OP
Garrett78 May 2018 #1
thbobby May 2018 #2
flibbitygiblets May 2018 #3
thbobby May 2018 #4
Cosmocat May 2018 #5
Achilleaze May 2018 #6
Demsrule86 May 2018 #7
raven mad May 2018 #8

Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 05:05 AM

1. The GOP and Putin's Russia have the same goal: to undermine government.

Republicans want to do whatever it takes to undermine the effectiveness of government and trust in government, thus being allied with Putin makes perfect sense.

Whatever it takes to destroy "it takes a village"/collectivist thinking.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 05:41 AM

2. Ryan's comment "this stays in the family"

which he later said was a joke. He did not know he was being recorded when he said it. They were talking about Rohrbacher being on Putin's payroll. When someone looks and act guilty, it needs to be scrutinized. I would bet my bottom dollar that a large part of the GOP and NRA (the same, I believe) are tainted with Russian money. It explains so much of their attack on FBI and obstruction of Mueller. Our government has been infiltrated by Russians and their GOP tools.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 05:45 AM

3. Are the Dems clean?

Been wondering about that for a while

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #3)

Sat May 5, 2018, 06:36 AM

4. Maybe the lesser of two evils

Putin and trump want to change our government into a plutocracy. Rather than nationalism being the major source of conflict, control of wealth seems to be now. Some Democrats may also be tainted, but nothing like Republicans. Money is making our elections a joke with only the rich or those conspiring with the rich able to compete.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #3)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:09 AM

5. All it takes is a $5 donation to a D

And both are the same.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:38 AM

6. republicans selling out America

no loyalty, no honor.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:42 AM

7. The Republicans are traitors for sure...

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 10:14 AM

8. Welcome to the United States of America!

(A wholly owned subsidiary of Russian Gangsters.)

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