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Tue Nov 14, 2017, 02:23 PM

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

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/secret-finding-60-russian-payments-to-finance-election?utm_term=.rhyEGp3Ax#.cfMgDM9ad

On Aug. 3 of last year, just as the US presidential election was entering its final, heated phase, the Russian foreign ministry sent nearly $30,000 to its embassy in Washington. The wire transfer, which came from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank, landed in one of the embassy’s Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: “to finance election campaign of 2016.”

That wire transfer is one of more than 60 now being scrutinized by the FBI and other federal agencies investigating Russian involvement in the US election. The transactions, which moved through Citibank accounts and totaled more than $380,000, each came from the Russian foreign ministry and most contained a memo line referencing the financing of the 2016 election.

The money wound up at Russian embassies in almost 60 countries from Afghanistan to Nigeria between Aug. 3 and Sept. 20, 2016. It is not clear how the funds were used. At least one transaction that came into the US originated with VTB Bank, a financial institution that is majority-owned by the Kremlin.

The US Treasury Department placed VTB Bank under sanctions in 2014, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The sanctions prohibit VTB Bank from raising capital or accepting loans from American individuals or companies. A wire transfer to the embassy’s US bank account is permitted, however, and Citibank has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

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Reply Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments "To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016 (Original post)
deminks Nov 14 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 14 #1
Madam45for2923 Nov 14 #2
L. Coyote Nov 14 #3
kentuck Nov 14 #4
louis-t Nov 14 #5
iluvtennis Nov 14 #6
disalitervisum Nov 14 #12
Alice11111 Nov 14 #15
calimary Nov 14 #16
spanone Nov 14 #7
dembotoz Nov 14 #8
FarCenter Nov 14 #11
dembotoz Nov 14 #19
FarCenter Nov 14 #21
dembotoz Nov 15 #23
crosinski Nov 15 #24
FarCenter Nov 15 #25
aeromanKC Nov 14 #9
TomVilmer Nov 14 #10
treestar Nov 15 #30
TomVilmer Nov 15 #33
Fish Barrel Nov 14 #13
calimary Nov 14 #17
ewagner Nov 14 #14
lark Nov 14 #18
Fullduplexxx Nov 15 #29
Achilleaze Nov 14 #20
UCmeNdc Nov 15 #22
Orsino Nov 15 #26
Wounded Bear Nov 15 #27
Fullduplexxx Nov 15 #28
Faux pas Nov 15 #31
Gothmog Nov 15 #32

Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 02:44 PM

1. Noteworthy. . . . nt

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 02:55 PM

2. Excuse me! What????

 

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 03:06 PM

3. Nothing to see here, move along.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 03:21 PM

4. Hmmmm...

interesting.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 03:30 PM

5. Can you say 'money laundering'?

I knew you could.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 03:54 PM

6. Hurry Up Mueller.

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Response to iluvtennis (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:35 PM

12. While I appreciate the sentiment, don't hurry, please take the time

to dot every "i" and cross every "t" so this festering pus-bucket of maggots can be completely destroyed, and we can be rid of it forever.

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Response to disalitervisum (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 05:00 PM

15. Meanwhile, they are approving federal judges for 40 year

terms or more. Plus, their decisions will be with us for centuries, possibly.

Godspeed, Mueller. Im sure he is working as fast as humanly possible, plus trying to set things up, so that if he is taken out, NY State can go forward.

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Response to disalitervisum (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 05:21 PM

16. Welcome to DU, disalitervisum!

I get that. It must be rock-solid.

But at the same time, how long will this take? So far he's still got plenty of time to start World War III with North Korean and get us all killed. And so far, nobody who could actually do anything about it on that side of the aisle seems the least bit interested. They're a lot more interested in dragging their feet long enough to make sure their rich benefactors get their promised tax cuts.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 03:56 PM

7. K&R...

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:04 PM

8. 380 k and they bought an election? i wanna shop where they shop

thats better than the old kmart blue light specials

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:21 PM

11. Add the $100 K they are alleged to have paid for internet ads in rubles and your talking big money!

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 07:37 PM

19. Still under half million

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #19)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:00 PM

21. Election 2016's price tag: $6.8 billion

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/election-2016s-price-tag-6-8-billion/

A half million is about 1 / 10,000 of total campaign spending for the election. Or 0.01%. Or 100 parts per million.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 09:58 AM

23. so lots of bang for not so many bucks

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 10:22 AM

24. So much damage done with so little money. Mind-boggling, and kinda hard on the ego.

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Response to crosinski (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 11:10 AM

25. Putin must take the prize for most cost effective online campaigning by a wide margin

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:09 PM

9. If we know about this today

Mueller knew this 2 months ago

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:14 PM

10. More likely for the Russian Election Campaign Of 2016

Since the "money wound up at Russian embassies in almost 60 countries from Afghanistan to Nigeria between Aug. 3 and Sept. 20, 2016", and Russia held its State Duma elections on Sept 18, 2016. Not all Russia does is foreign election meddling - they also need time and money for meddling their own elections, and a couple of millions Russians votes abroad.

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Response to TomVilmer (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 11:36 AM

30. Thanks for that

I was going along with the way we were supposed to see this, but you have a great point. We are US-centric to think it is always about us.

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Response to treestar (Reply #30)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 03:09 PM

33. And thanks to you for responding!

I was happy to see that some of the US media later also got that point.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:36 PM

13. K&R

 

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Response to Fish Barrel (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 05:23 PM

17. Welcome to DU, Fish Barrel!

First post here! Welcome to the club!

Stories like this one make me want to scream - "okay, have we seen enough yet?????"

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:43 PM

14. Not very KGB-like...

Clumsy memo on the transfer "...to finance election campaign of 2016"

Sort of reinforces my suspicion that the plan is to destabilize the United States government AND SOCIETY ITSELF...by creating chaos and fomenting enough dissent to trigger a civil war...

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Response to ewagner (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 05:29 PM

18. I think so too.

Notice how it was Russia media that outted drumpf for telling Russia's ambassador Israeli top secret findings. Putin is also the 1 that keeps contradicting things drumpf says. Hair Furor is just a useful tool for Putin that he will totally savage if he doesn't get what he wants, or if he does, he'll still tell all on him aat the worst time to sow dissension and confusion here. Imagine if he proves how Russia funded RNC through Ukrainian plants and hacked the vote for drumpf in WI, MI, P & probably OH & FL too. OMG!

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Response to ewagner (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 11:31 AM

29. Malcom nance says this is not for the american 2016 election

Amounts are too small and they were sent from a place the kremlin wouldnt use. Per nance. He said probably for Duma elections

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 07:41 PM

20. republican BETRAYAL: selling out America to the freaking evil empire*

Lock up republican TreasonWeasels for betraying America.


* per ronald reagan

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 02:09 AM

22. If you do not have freedom, what do you have?

Our elections are not free anymore.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 11:16 AM

26. Seems that Leopold has multiple sources, Congressional and FBI, for this story...

...but I'm gonna stay a little skeptical for a while.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 11:19 AM

27. Follow the money...

always follow the money.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 11:29 AM

28. Malcom nance says this is not for the american 2016 election

Probably for duma elections . The amounts are very small and theyre sent from a place that the kremlin wouldnt use ... heard on stephanie miller show today

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 11:41 AM

31. My o my

seems like the sh*t is eye high.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 12:11 PM

32. K&R

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