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Senator Lee Caught up in Campaign Money Laundering Scandal

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    Senator Mike Lee has found himself caught up in the ongoing investigation of two of Utah's former Attorney Generals for bribery, obstruction of justice and misuse of public funds. In a recent deposition, indited business mogul Jeremy Johnson claims he laundered tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Mike Lee's Senate campaign fund. Johnson claims to have done this at the request of John Swallow, the now disgraced former Utah Attorney General and friend of Mike Lee. Swallow was Chief Deputy Attorney General of Utah at the time of the alleged money laundering scheme.

    The alleged scheme worked this way: Johnson donated around $50,000 to various individuals that Mr. Swallow suggested. These individuals then donated that money to Mike Lee's campaign fund. This is a clear violation of United States Code 441f, which bars any contribution in the name of another person. A spokesman for Senator Lee insists that "at no time during or since the 2010 campaign was Sen. Lee or anyone associated with the Lee campaign aware of any unlawful contributions to the Lee campaign."

    This is not something Mike Lee, Tea Party hero, wants to find himself embroiled in. The Alliance for a Better Utah has already stated they are preparing to file a formal complaint with the FEC over the allegations and the FEC tends to thoroughly investigate these types of allegations, as Dinesh D'Souza recently found out.

    Has anyone been following the recent developments in this case? Does anyone find the hypocrisy of a holier than thou person like Mr. Lee finding himself in this type of situation?
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    I could not find any further information on the case you mentioned, but you'll likely appreciate the fact that Congress proposed a law that would target money lanundering.

    We've had discussions about the money laundering that Donald Trump has been involved with, primarily due to real estate sales to the Saudis and Russian oligarchs.

    As it turns out, the "apple does not fall far from the tree":

    According to the UK’s Daily Mail, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle have reportedly sold their mansion in the toney climes of Bridgehampton, NY for $8.14 million after buying it for less than $4.5 million just two years ago.

    The lavish estate that they sold consists of a 9,200-square-foot, seven-bedroom mansion, set on 3.9 acres, and includes a heated gunite pool and spa, a waterfall, and is within walking distance of the local beach, restaurants, and pricey luxury shops in the nearby village.

    While it is not reported how much Junior and his paramour spent on renovating the property, the $3.6 million difference between the purchase price and the sales price likely includes a hefty profit for a property that appreciated so extraordinarily quickly.

    Suspiciously, the Hamptons property was never publicly listed in the multiple listing service typically used by realtors, and the identity of the buyer is still not known.

    Whomever the buyer of the property may be, Don Jr. and Kimberly should be left with enough money to put a substantial downpayment on their next home in Florida, where they are reportedly looking at property in Jupiter to be close to his dad at Mar-a-Lago and his sister and Jared at their property on an exclusive island known as the “billionaires bunker.”

    An additional benefit for the couple of parking their real estate assets in Florida is the state’s generous protections for property owners in bankruptcy cases which shield debtors from the seizure of their homes to pay creditors — something that a person facing a slew of potential civil and criminal lawsuits would surely welcome.