Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, March 03, 2018

arty loyalty is often cited as the reason that GOP leaders have not been more outspoken in their criticism of President Donald Trump and his refusal to condemn Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Yet there may be another reason that top Republicans have not been more vocal in their condemnation. Perhaps it's because they have their own links to the Russian oligarchy that they would prefer go unnoticed. 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.


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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.

Marco Rubio's Conservative Solutions PAC and his Florida First Project received $1.5 million through Blavatnik's two holding companies. Other high dollar recipients of funding from Blavatnik were PACS representing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at $1.1 million, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at $800,000, Ohio Governor John Kasich at $250,000 and Arizona Senator John McCain at $200,000.

In January, Quartz reported that Blavatnik donated another $1 million to Trump's Inaugural Committee. Ironically, the shared address of Blavatnik's companies is directly across the street from Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York.


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You just can't make this up. It's like a movie.

#1 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-03-03 05:43 PM | Reply

We're not going to see ANY outcome from the Mueller investigation regardless of his conclusions.

This is so sad.

McConnell took in $2.5 million? Hot ---- on a platter. The Russians got us good.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-03-03 08:42 PM | Reply

Citizens United trumps the united states constitution...and no, the irony of the verbiage is so depressingly obvious

#3 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-03-04 03:53 PM | Reply

What does article three recommend for traitors?

Citizens United needs to be repealed and the framers incarcerated.

#4 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-03-05 06:06 AM | Reply

Citizens United needs to be repealed and the framers incarcerated.

Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-03-05 06:06 AM | Reply

The framers aren't the problem. It's the jack wagons that declared it a first amendment issue are the problem.

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-03-05 07:24 AM | Reply

It's the jack wagons that declared it a first amendment issue are the problem.

Which jack wagon(s)?

Per curiam opinion, in the "case or controversy" part of which (post, pp. 424 U. S. 11-12) all participating Members joined; and as to all other Parts of which BRENNAN, STEWART, and POWELL, JJ., joined; MARSHALL, J., joined in all but Part I-C-2; BLACKMUN, J., joined in all but Part I-B; REHNQUIST, J., joined in all but Part III-B-1; BURGER, C.J., joined in Parts I-C and IV (except insofar as it accords de facto validity for the Commission's past acts); and WHITE, J., joined in Part III. BURGER, C.J., post, p. 424 U. S. 235, WHITE, J., post, p. 424 U. S. 257, MARSHALL, J., post, p. 424 U. S. 286, BLACKMUN, J., post, p. 424 U. S. 290, and REHNQUIST, J., post, p. 424 U. S. 290, filed opinions concurring in part and dissenting in part. STEVENS, J., took no part in the consideration or decision of the cases. supreme.justia.com

#6 | Posted by et_al at 2018-03-05 12:51 PM | Reply

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