Buzzfeed: The Way Michael Cohen Made Money Shows A Different Kind Of Swamp Under Trump


At least two of President Donald Trump's close allies made use of a relatively new way of influence peddling that's arguably swampier than traditional lobbying, with little to no disclosures and regulations — and watchdog groups believe others in his orbit could be operating under the radar using similar tactics.


Brendan Fischer, who works on ethics and campaign finance laws for Campaign Legal Center, said it’s hard to know how many of these LLCs exist because of lack of disclosures and to assess the kind of work Cohen was doing without the companies disclosing the contracts.

“In some ways this is a snapshot into a dark area of influence peddling,” Fischer said.

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