Two Giuliani Associates Charged With Campaign Finance Violations

Yolanda Curtis
October 10, 2019

Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance violations resulting from a $325,000 donation to a political action committee supporting Trump's reelection. Giuliani acknowledged that both men "logistically helped" in his collection of evidence against Hunter Biden, and that they helped connect him with former Ukrainian top prosecutors Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko. Federal campaign records on show one of the straw donations, for $325,000, was made to The America First Action Committee, which has sought to advance issues championed by President Donald Trump.

Also named in the indictment are defendants David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin. "Prosecutors say their extensive political contributions, beginning in early 2018, were created to curry favor with American policymakers in an effort to advance Parnas' and Fruman's political and business endeavors".

The relationship between Parnas, Fruman and Giuliani has still yet to be entirely unraveled, however, the two foreign-born Floridians have pushed right-wing conspiracy theories to President Trump's personal lawyer in attempts to discredit high-profile Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Both men were born in former Soviet republics. The donation "has not been used for any goal and the funds will remain in this segregated account until these matters are resolved", the spokeswoman said.

"We take our legal obligations seriously and scrupulously comply with the law and any suggestion otherwise is false", the statement said.

A separate set of allegations is reserved exclusively for Parnas and Fruman.

Giuliani is a key figure in House Democrats' investigation for his coordination of meetings with Ukrainian officials for Trump.

Mr. Dowd wrote a letter to the House Intelligence Committee last week advising them that he was representing Messrs.

Messrs. Parnas and Fruman told the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project in July that they told Mr. Sessions a year ago that Ms. Yovanovitch was "bad-mouthing" the president.

Parnas and Fruman are central to an ongoing impeachment inquiry against Trump. The campaign finance allegations against them are inextricably linked with that effort. Mr. Fruman made his first federal political contribution in February 2018, giving $5,400, then the legal maximum, to Mr. Trump's re-election campaign.

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