Skip to comments.(Paul v Clinton) New FEC complaint filed against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Posted on 12/31/2007 10:18:19 AM PST by doug from uplandEdited on 12/31/2007 3:01:37 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
By Federal Express
Office of the General Counsel
Federal Election Commission
999 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20463
Complaint: Calling Upon the Commission to:
(1) Void the conciliation agreement granting immunity to Respondents for any possible violations of law arising out of fundraising events between 9/16/99 and 11/7/00;
(2) Re-open the Commissions investigation into MUR 5225, including clear evidence of Senator Clintons and her agents illegal solicitation and coordination of excessive federal campaign contributions, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. sections 437g(d)(1)(A)(i) and 441a, subsections (a)(7)(B)(i) and (f); and
(3) Investigate Respondents continuing violations of 2 U.S.C. section 434(b) and 18 U.S.C. sections 1001 and 2, based on New York Senate 2000s fourth amended FEC report filed January 30, 2006.
Complainant: Peter F. Paul
Respondents: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. Senate Committee, Inc.; Harold Ickes, Treasurer; New York Senate 2000 Committee; Andrew Grossman, Treasurer; William Jefferson Clinton, Edward Rendell, Howard Wolfson, Kelly Craighead, David Rosen, and James Levin
On behalf of Peter F. Paul, in the public interest, attorney D. Colette Wilson complains to the Federal Election Commission against the Respondents listed above, pursuant to 11 C.F.R. section 111.4 and 2 U.S.C. section 437g(a)(1). Mr. Paul filed a related complaint with the Second Complaint by Peter F. Paul December 29, 2007 Commission on July 16, 2001, which was accepted and officially designated as MUR 5225, and which is incorporated herein by reference.1
This complaint calls upon the Commission to: (1) void and set aside its conciliation agreement with Senator Clintons joint fundraising committee, which purported to wrap up MUR 5225 and immunize Senator Clinton and her agents from further investigation into and liability arising out of all fundraising activities connected to her 2000 Senate campaign, (2) re-open its investigation into the matters raised by Peter Pauls FEC complaint filed July 16, 2001, particularly the evidence of Senator Clintons and her agents illegal solicitation, coordination, and acceptance of Mr. Pauls in-kind contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million, and (3) investigate and fine reasonable cause to believe the Respondents are in ongoing violation of 2 U.S.C. § 434(b) (reporting requirements), and/or of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 (false statements) and 18 U.S.C. § 2 (aiding and abetting), by causing the filing of a fourth false FEC report on January 30, 2006.
In connection with MUR 5225, the Commission conducted a limited investigation of the campaign finance violations committed by Senator Clintons joint fundraising committee, New York Senate 2000. After concluding its investigation, but prior to issuing its final report, the Commission obtained and reviewed a transcript of the entire criminal trial of the Clinton campaigns National Finance Director, David Rosen, United States v. David Rosen, No. CR03- 1219-AHM (C.D. Cal.) (see General Counsels Report #2, p. 2, fn. 2; GC Report #2). The Commission found probable cause to believe that New York Senate 2000 and its treasurer, Andrew Grossman, had illegally underreported the cost Event 39, the Hillary Clinton fundraising event dubbed the Hollywood Gala Salute to President William Jefferson Clinton (Event 39).
The Commission authorized a limited audit (described at GC Report #2, p.6), which it used to evaluate compliance with 11 C.F.R. section 106.6 in connection with Event 39. As the Commission itself concedes, based exclusively on the results of that narrowly focused audit, it determined that neither Clinton for Senate, Harold Ickes, in his official capacity as treasurer, Senator Clinton, nor Peter Paul had violated any provision of the Act or regulations in connection with MUR 5225 and closed its file as to them. (GC Report #2, pp. 11-12)
Then, having closed its file as to everyone else, on December 13, 2005, the Commission accepted the signed conciliation agreement of the two remaining respondents, New York Senate 2000 and its treasurer, Andrew Grossman, the terms of which were fulfilled upon payment of a $30,000 fine and the filing of a fourth amended FEC report on January 30, 2006. The conciliation agreement bars:
1 Most of the documents offered in support of this complaint were also submitted into evidence in connection with the California civil case of Paul v. Clinton, filed in the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC304174, and the appeal taken in Appeal No. B191066 before the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 7. A hyperlinked CD, designated as an E-Brief, was filed with the Court of Appeal, containing the entire Clerks Transcript, Reporters Transcript, and all briefs filed in support of or opposition to the appeal and related motions. Since the E-Brief CD contains practically all of the documents relied on in support of this FEC Complaint, the Complainant is submitting three copies of the E-Brief in lieu of paper copies of those documents. Additional copies of the E-Brief one for each Respondent will be provided under separate cover. Each supporting document and its location on the E-Brief will be described in a footnote. The first document, Mr. Pauls 7/16/01 FEC complaint in MUR 5225, is contained on the E-Brief as Exhibit B to the separately listed document Request for Judicial Notice in Connection with Appellants Reply Brief.
any further action against NYS 2000 and its current and former joint fundraising participants, agents, employees and officers for acts arising out of, or relating to New York Senate 2000, Event 39 and all fundraising events held by New York Senate 2000 between September 16, 1999 through November 7, 2000. [MUR 5225 Conciliation Agreement, p. 4]
These actions taken by the Commission were inconsistent with the Commissions responsibilities in enforcing the entirety of Federal Election law. In fact, a multitude of statutory and regulatory violations were uncovered by the Commissions and the Justice Departments investigations, as revealed in the Rosen trial transcript and by Mr. Pauls disclosures to the Commission.
It appears that the FEC narrowly applied its enforcement duties, not only limiting itself to the four corners of Mr. Pauls 7/16/01 complaint, but also limiting its analysis to little more than an inquiry into whether the requirements of 11 C.F.R. section 106.6 had been met. (see G.C. Report #2, pp. 11-12) The Commissions report concluding its investigation relates solely and exclusively to underreporting of Mr. Pauls in-kind contributions and turns a blind eye to clear evidence as provided by Mr. Paul to the Commission and as revealed by testimony in the Rosen Trial of Senator Clintons and her agents illegal solicitation, coordination, and acceptance of contributions wildly in excess of FECA limits on federal campaign contributions (2 U.S.C. section 441a, subparagraphs (a)(1)(A), (a)(7)(B)(i), and (f))
Most disturbing was the intentional refusal by the Commission to review, assess, or further investigate clear evidence of illegal actions taken by Senator Clinton (directly and through agents, including the President), while at the same time purporting to forever exonerate Senator Clinton, her 2000 senate campaign, and their agents of any possible wrongdoing in connection with Event 39 and all of their fundraising activities from 9/16/99 through the election on 11/7/00. In fact, the 12/13/05 conciliation agreement while giving the appearance of discharging the Commissions duties in reality gave the Commissions blessing to what can only be described as a repetition of the very crimes for which David Rosen was prosecuted, namely, depriving the public of its right to know that Peter Paul personally gave over $1.2 million to Senator Clintons campaign. As summed up in the federal prosecutors closing argument:
"This case is about the publics right to know. The case is about the publics right to know who is paying how much to their elected officials. The case is about the publics right to know how much Peter Paul is paying to a national campaign. . . . This case is about the publics right to know the truth, and the defendant, David Rosens, continued and intentional obstruction of that public right." [Closing Argument by U.S. Attorney Daniel Schwager, Rosen Trial Transcript at 121 (May 25, 2005)]2 (emphasis added)
The fourth amended report filed on January 30, 2006, barely approaches compliance with the conciliation agreements requirement that the disclosure report be amended to reflect the unreported $721,895 in in-kind contributions. But what is worse, however, is that even without violating any specific requirement of the agreement, the report permitted to be filed by the
2 Since the Commission already has in its possession the entire Rosen Trial Transcript, Complainant hereby incorporates it by reference; no additional copy of the transcript is being provided with this Complaint.
Commission operates as a continuing and intentional obstruction of the publics right to know that Peter Paul gave in excess of $1.2 million to Hillary Clintons federal campaign.
Unless the conciliation agreement is set aside and the Commissions investigation into this matter reopened, the Commission will itself have aided and abetted in the commission of the same felony for which David Rosen was prosecuted, that of intentionally obstructing the publics right to know (1) who gave (2) how much to (3) Hillary Clintons federal election campaign.
Moreover, unless the conciliation agreement is set aside and the Commissions investigation into this matter reopened, Hillary Clintons and her agents illegal solicitation, coordination, and acceptance of Peter Pauls in-kind expenditures in excess of $1.2 million (and closer, in fact, to $1.9 million) will continue to go unchallenged, unreported for the federal contribution that it was, and unrefunded. As set forth more fully below, the Commission ignored clear evidence that Mr. Pauls in-kind expenditures had to be considered to be contributions to Senator Clintons 2000 senate campaign. In addition, with this new complaint, Mr. Paul presents new evidence, previously unknown to the Commission, establishing the fact that his contributions were solicited, coordinated, and accepted by the candidate and her agents.p>
Mr. Paul urges the Commission to stop aiding and abetting these falsehoods, reopen its investigation, and take all appropriate action to enforce the FECA.
Hillary Clintons Intent to Deceive the Public
The Commission found, without question, that Event 39 was funded primarily through corporate entities controlled by Peter Paul, with promoter Aaron Tonken assisting with procuring and paying for some of the vendors using an account funded by shares of Stan Lee Media stock. (General Counsels Brief, p.6) There was no reason whatever to believe the donor was Stan Lee Media, Inc., as none of the checks used to pay the vendors were drawn on Stan Lee Media, Inc.s account (see Exhibit 4 to Pauls 7/16/01 FEC complaint). Furthermore, all of the checks were signed by Peter Paul, and he was the only person claiming to have paid for Event 39.
Senator Clinton violated the publics right to know who was giving how much to her campaign when she was directly questioned by the Washington Post regarding Pauls role in Event 39. Through her spokesman, Howard Wolfson, she used the media to deliberately hide Pauls contributions from the public by falsely claiming Paul had not given any money to her campaign and that the campaign would not accept any money from him and by having Ed Rendell and Jim Levin coerce Paul into corroborating that falsehood.3 The fact that Ed Rendell, on behalf of Senator Clinton, pressured Paul to corroborate her lie that Paul had not given any money demonstrates that Senator Clinton knew differently, but that she intended to hide this fact from the public. Paul followed the campaigns instructions in falsely stating he had, in fact, been paid a fee for his services. (Id.) Howard Wolfsons disclosure to the Washington Post that Event 39 had cost $1 million in in-kind contributions demonstrates that Senator Clinton and her campaign
3 Supplemental Declaration of Peter F. Paul, paragraphs 54-59 and accompanying Exhibits 23-25, found on E-Brief under Clerks Transcript, go to 1 CT vi, scroll to hyperlink for page 771, then scroll to 4 CT 788, line 17 4 CT 800, line 6 and hyperlinked exhibits.
knew the ballpark amount of Pauls contributions. (Id.) It is not surprising that Wolfson was aware of the projected $1 million cost of Event 39, since he participated in the July 11, 2000, conference call in which Paul discussed contributing $525,000 towards event costs and it was represented that Cynthia Gershman would also put up $525,000.4
Senator Clintons intent to hide Pauls identity as her largest contributor was reflected in her joint fundraising committees FEC reports regarding Event 39, which falsely listed Stan Lee Media, Inc. as the events primary underwriter. No contributions at all are attributed to Paul, the identical falsehood reported to the public through the media. The cost of the event was also underreported, since Senator Clinton clearly knew differently. Senator Clinton either deliberately withheld the true information from New York Senate 2000 which is the same crime for which David Rosen was indicted or the joint fundraising committee aided and abetted Senator Clintons intent to deceive the public.
It should be noted that the January 30, 2006, amended report persists in obscuring Peter Paul as the source of in-kind contributions for Event 39, through the falsehood of attributing $225,000 (a portion of the $1,240,972 figure determined by the Commission to be the true cost) to Stan Lee individually.5 This conflicts with the Commissions finding that the event was funded almost entirely by Paul. The amended report also lumps together under one figure, $838,902, two corporate entities Paraversal Inc. and Excelsior Productions. Not only is this improper, but no member of the public searching for donations by Peter Paul to Senator Clintons campaign would have any clue that this figure represents money he spent on her campaign. Most glaringly, by failing to designate this sum as an in-kind contribution, the report makes the sum appear to be an expenditure by the campaign, rather than a donation to it. This conforms to Senator Clintons desired falsity, conveyed through the Washington Post, that Paul was paid for his services. The remaining $177,070 of the $1,240,972 is unaccounted for. The report is also defective in other ways, as, for example, by not breaking down Pauls in-kind contributions by expenditures, since in-kind contributions are required to be shown as both donations and expenditures.
The Commission has taken no action against New York Senate 2000 for failing to comply with the conciliation agreement. Indeed, the Commissions actions, in allowing this false report to serve as consideration for Senator Clintons and others immunity from further investigation and enforcement action, would lead any reasonable person to conclude that the Commission is colluding with Senator Clinton in defrauding the public. It is incumbent upon the Commission to set aside the conciliation agreement, re-open its investigation, and demand compliance with the FECA. As the prosecutor in the Rosen Trial told the jury in closing argument: The very function of the FEC was willfully and knowingly obstructed by the defendant in this case.6
The Commission Ignored Clear Evidence of Senator Clintons and Her Agents Solicitation, Coordination, and Acceptance of Pauls In-Kind Expenditures
4 First Amended Complaint, paragraphs 35-38; E-Brief at Clerks Transcript, go to 1 CT iii, scroll to hyperlinked page 16, then go to pages 1 CT 22-23.
5 Supplemental Declaration of Peter F. Paul, paragraphs 89 and accompanying Exhibits 43, found on E-Brief under Clerks Transcript, go to 1 CT vi, scroll to hyperlink for page 771, then scroll to 4 CT 808, line 13 and hyperlinked exhibit, at 5 CT 1034.
6 Rosen Transcript, May 25, 2005, at 162.
Paul set forth in full in his Supplemental Declaration in his California civil case against the Clintons the facts demonstrating how he was solicited by President Clinton, Ed Rendell, James Levin, and Senator Clinton herself to support Senator Clintons campaign, how his expenditures were coordinated by Senator Clintons agents, particularly James Levin and David Rosen, and Senator Clintons knowing acceptance of them. Paul incorporates in full his Supplemental Declaration and its supporting exhibits.7 Pauls account also describes Senator Clintons coordination of his expenditures as to the largest vendor Gary Smith and Black Ink Productions -- in her insistence that he use Smith rather than Dick Clark Productions. (Id.) Paul met and spoke at length with the Commissions investigator, relaying to the Commission all of this information, which was based on his own, first-hand knowledge. In particular, Paul explained that his willingness to underwrite Event 39 was absolutely contingent on the Presidents acceptance of his future employment offer a clear demonstration of solicitation for Pauls expenditures by Senator Clintons authorized agent. The Commission chose to ignore Pauls report to the extent that other sources did not provide corroboration. (General Counsels Brief, p. 1, fn. 2)
The Supplemental Declaration is supported by corroborating testimony from the Rosen Trial. Additionally, Levin testified that the idea for Event 39 originated with Kelly Craigheads requested meeting with him, David Rosen, and Aaron Tonken in Chicago on June 23, 2000. At that meeting, Senator Clintons agents conceived of the idea for Event 39, and Levin was detailed by President Clinton to not only solicit Paul to pay for it, but to stay in close contact with Paul to oversee his expenditures and efforts in producing the event.8
Paul Has New Evidence, Heretofore Unknown to the Commission, Demonstrating Senator Clintons and Her Agents Solicitation, Coordination, and Acceptance of His In-Kind Contributions.
In the context of Pauls civil case appeal in his case against Senator Clinton, Pauls attorney, Colette Wilson, set forth in full the evidence and law supporting the conclusion that Pauls expenditures must be deemed federal contributions to Senator Clintons 2000 campaign, not nonfederal. Paul hereby incorporates in full the briefs Mrs. Wilson filed on his behalf in his California appeal, including (a) Appellants Opening Brief at pages 50-599; (b) Motion to Admit New Documentary Evidence and supporting Declaration of D. Colette Wilson10 and (c) Appellants Reply Brief, at pages 10-43.11
7 Supplemental Declaration of Peter F. Paul, found on E-Brief under Clerks Transcript, go to 1 CT vi, scroll to hyperlink for page 771, with exhibits hyperlinked throughout the text.
8 Testimony of James Levin, May 12, 2005, at 120, 135-145
9 E-brief, Appellants Opening Brief, under heading C Even if HRC/Committees Claimed, Protected Activities Were the Basis for Pauls Claim, Their Activities Violated the Law, Making Section 425.16 Inapplicable.
10 E-brief, Motion to Admit New Documentary Evidence, etc., July 17 DVD and Declaration of D. Colette Wilson, etc.
11 E-brief, Appellants Reply Brief, under heading B HRC/Committees Conduct Does Not Enjoy First Amendment Protection In Any Event Because It Was Criminal, As a Matter of Law.
Based on the foregoing, the Federal Election Commission has a duty to void and set aside the conciliation agreement granting immunity to the Respondents for any possible violation of law arising out of Senator Clintons fundraising events between September 19, 1999, and November 7, 2000. Further, the Commission has a duty to re-open its investigation of MUR 5225, including investigation into the clear evidence of illegal solicitation and coordination of Mr. Pauls excessive federal campaign contributions to Senator Clintons campaign. The Commission must also investigate the Respondents continuing violations of 2 U.S.C. section 434(b) and 18 U.S.C. sections 1001 and 2.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.
Executed this 29th day of December 2007, at
___________________, North Carolina.
________________________________ Peter F. Paul
If you have time, please make some phone calls and follow up with email or fax: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media
Even with the entire MSM fawning over the Beast, she would not be so endlessly teflon without help from those who claim to be on our side.
Freepers email this thread to the conservative talk show host(s) of your choice. If they get enough emails regarding this thread, hopefully, they will discuss it on the air.
Also, send it to your personal email lists and it will circulate throughout the Internet.
Liberals fear exposure more than anything on this earth including their terrorist allies.
Thank you! BTTT!
Great timing! Or it would be if the story actually got an airing. Anyone here from Iowa? The press hangers-on there must be getting fed up with the “no questions” policy. Get out there and speak to them. Find out why they think it would be so good to have a psycho-president.
Good point about the Shrill one refusing to answer any questions. I wonder if the average Dem IA voter will take that into account when they cast their ballot on Thurs.
Doug, you should forward this to the Iowa and NH newspapers.
The chief of staff for David Axelrod, who runs the Obama campaign, has this info and responded that it was under review at the highest levels.
Joe Trippi of the Edwards campaign has this information.
David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register has this information. It is time that the Des Moines Register reports the story to the caucus goers. They need to hear from you.
Local: (515) 284-8000
Iowa: (800) 532-1455
Outside Iowa: (800) 247-5346
contacting the Register
officers and department heads
Laura Hollingsworth President and Publisher (515) 284-8041
Carolyn Washburn Vice President, Editor (515) 284-8502
R. Dee Wilson Vice President, Information Services (515) 284-8385
I need everyone’s help - http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media
DES MOINES REGISTER newsroom
POLITICAL EDITOR - Kathy Obradovich
Main number to the paper:
Local: (515) 284-8000
Iowa: (800) 532-1455
Outside Iowa: (800) 247-5346
Carolyn Washburn Vice President, Editor (515) 284-8502
Randy Brubaker Managing Editor (515) 284-8590
Randy Evans Assistant Managing Editor (515) 284-8118
I just spoke with Kathy Obradovich, political editor of the Des Moines Register. She has been emailed the complaint.
Ashtrays and lamps are probably flying faster than the HELL-I-copter.
email@example.com has this information
505 5th Avenue Suite 1000, Des Moines, IA 50309
Barack Obama headquarters in Des Moines has the information.
The Edwards campaign office in Des Moines is now in possession of the new FEC complaint. Will John hide behind his wife’s skirt or actually demand that Hillary make a comment?
Information to help Clinton’s opponents keeps getting handed to them on a silver platter. Why don’t they run with it?
The Clinton slime team has been very effective in killing the messenger.
I'm no attorney, but it that supposed to be "find reasonable cause"?
Keep the pressure on DFU!
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