While he was a sitting president …
Federal Election Commission records appear to suggest former President Barack Obama’s official campaign arm, Obama for America, funneled nearly $1 million to Fusion GPS last year, according to a stunning report from The Federalist:
Former president Barack Obama’s official campaign organization has directed nearly a million dollars to the same law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier. Since April of 2016, Obama For America (OFA) has paid over $972,000 to Perkins Coie, records filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show.
The Washington Post reported last week that Perkins Coie, an international law firm, was directed by both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to retain Fusion GPS in April of 2016 to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump. …
OFA, Obama’s official campaign arm in 2016, paid nearly $800,000 to Perkins Coie in 2016 alone, according to FEC records. The first 2016 payments to Perkins Coie, classified only as “Legal Services,” were made April 25-26, 2016, and totaled $98,047. A second batch of payments, also classified as “Legal Services,” were disbursed to the law firm on September 29, 2016, and totaled exactly $700,000. Payments from OFA to Perkins Coie in 2017 totaled $174,725 through August 22, 2017.
To put this in perspective, cue commentary from RedState contributor Caleb Howe:
“OFA was paying Perkins Coie, who were also paying Fusion GPS. OFA was doing so during the same time that the DNC and the Clinton campaign were paying Fusion GPS through Perkins Coie. They were doing so during the same time that Fusion GPS was paying Steele, who was compiling the information that later became the dossier.”
All this raises a couple pivotal questions:
One, did Obama purposefully give Coie money so as to funnel it to Fusion GPS?
Two, if so, was Obama’s intent to help fund the research firm’s since-discredited Trump dossier?
Third, if so, did Obama plan all along to use the dossier to justify surveilling Trump’s campaign?