Super PAC donors got special access to President Trump, recording shows
“I don’t think anybody donates money [to super PACs] without thinking that they’re probably going to get something eventually for that investment,” said Melissa Smith, an associate professor of communications at Mississippi University for Women. “We’re talking millions of dollars here and you’re giving that for a reason. I think we’re pretty naive if nobody thinks that happens.” Fruman and his business partner, Lev Parnas, made a $325,000 contribution to America First Action in May 2018 through an obscure limited liability company called Global Energy Producers. Their link to the shell company was revealed months later in an investigation by the Daily Beast. Following a complaint from the Campaign Legal Center, the two were charged last year with routing foreign money to the pro-Trump super PAC.
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