Donors with Russian Connections Funneled Millions into GOP Campaigns

Republicans Block FEC Probe Of NRA’s Russia Money and Trump

Ellen Weintraub, chair of the FEC, talks about her Republican colleagues blocking investigations into whether Russian money donated to the NRA was for the Donald Trump campaign

 

How Vladimir Putin won Republicans’ approval

 

FBI may be investigating Russia-NRA connection

 

GOP campaigns took $7.35 million from oligarch linked to Russia

Trump and Putin have a common approach to governance. They rely heavily on long-term relationships and family ties. While there have been tensions between Putin and Deripaska over the years, the Kremlin came to Deripaska’s rescue in 2009 when he was on the verge of bankruptcy by providing a $4.5 billion emergency loan through state-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB), where Putin is chair of the advisory board.

Per the article above “Donald Trump and the political action committees for Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and John McCain accepted $7.35 million in contributions from a Ukrainian-born oligarch who is the business partner of two of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs and a Russian government bank”.

“During the 2015-2016 election season, Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard “Len” Blavatnik contributed $6.35 million to leading Republican candidates and incumbent senators. Mitch McConnell was the top recipient of Blavatnik’s donations, collecting $2.5 million for his GOP Senate Leadership Fund under the names of two of Blavatnik’s holding companies, Access Industries and AI Altep Holdings, according to Federal Election Commission documents and OpenSecrets.org”.

RUSSIAN MONEY TAKEN BY GOP

$2.5M – Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
$1.5M – Marco Rubio (R-FL)
$1.1M – Scott Walker (R-WI)
$800K – Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

How Russian Money Helped Save Trump’s Business

In the fall of 1992, after he cut a deal with U.S. banks to work off nearly a billion dollars in personal debt, Donald Trump put on a big gala for himself in Atlantic City to announce his comeback.

Per the above article, “After his financial disasters two decades ago, no U.S. bank would touch Trump. Then foreign money began flowing in”.