Some Trump inauguration donors appear to be fronts. Mysterious donors have made 6-figure donations while claiming office buildings and bulldozed corporate strips as their addresses.

Some Trump inauguration donors appear to be fronts. Mysterious donors have made 6-figure donation...

(edited to make this more helpful for people who are interested in helping)

Background

This started when HuffPo reporter Christina Wilkie discovered a discrepancy in Trump's reporting of inauguration donors to the Federal Election Commission: "John and Isabel T." donated $400K while claiming the site of a bulldozed corporate strip as their mailing address.

It got a bit of traction on twitter, and now dozens of people are combing through the FEC records for similar discrepancies. And they've been finding them.

Why this matters

Accountability.

Trump raised far more money than Obama for an inauguration that was far smaller. He promised to donate the remainder to charity, but he has not done so. Nobody knows where this money went, but we do have a glimpse into where it came from. That tells a story.

There are some very concerning and suspicious things to be found when you start looking into some of these mystery donors. Names are obfuscated, and there are signs of shell corporations here and there. The search is more important than just looking for red flags, though.

It's also important to know who is throwing money at Trump in hope of buying influence. Take the Habboush group, for example. They donated several hundred thousand dollars and shortly thereafter got a meeting with the National Security Council. I'm sure there are more examples of this sort of pay-to-play politics just waiting to be found.

How to help

I've linked the google sheet below. Look for things that seem off. Is Jane Doe giving 250K and listing a Panera as her mailing address? That's suspicious. Does JaneDoeCorp list a bogus address and have no web presence? That's suspicious. Even if there is nothing suspicious, it's useful to note when major players in industries like coal are making large donations. Especially if they try to conceal them.

Earlier you could insert comments with what you've found, but it looks like you have to tweet them at Wilkie now? Not sure on this one.

Primary Source: FEC document

For Volunteers: Google Sheet

Here's some food for thought: President Obama raised $53 million for his inauguration in 2009, and Donald Trump raised more tha... But you might notice that one of those inaugurations was somewhat larger than the other, making one wonder: What did Trump do with all the extra money?

To be fair, Donald Trump said he would be donating any leftover donations to a charity... which he still hasn't chosen.

I guess those extra millions are just floating around out there for the moment.

Call me jaded, but when I see the words "Trump" and "charity" used in the same sentence my bullshit radar starts going off.

Edit: Rachel Maddow did about half an hour on just this subject tonight, and gave a very thorough overview of what happened, where the money (that we know about) came from, and exactly why it all matters. Hint: Remember how Donald Trump railed against Hillary Clinton for "pay to play" because of donations to the Clinton foundation? Remember how Donald Trump is an unrivaled master of psychological projection?

Spoiler alert: it does

EDIT: Another name you'll find on the list is "RW Habboush," who is chairman of the Habboush Group. He donated $500K. In early February, members of the National Security Council met with the CEO of Habboush Group to discuss lifting sanctions on Venezuela so American businesses could expand into that market.

Hmm. I wonder if any of that would lead back to organized crime or Russia.

I guess those extra millions are just floating around out there sitting there earning interest for the moment.

Shell corporations. The US allows corporations to be created anonymously.

Because the entities that do this are also the ones that have the best representation in the government and can pay to start or stop legislation for the most part. The system works to protect them, not us.

Non US-person here. Can you please explain, why this isn't checked at the time the spendings happen? Isn't there a regulation against anonymous or pseudonymous spendings in the USA?

I wonder about this one:

http://imgur.com/a/8JSu2

(page 500 of 508) Katherine Johnson is the name of one of the people portrayed in "Hidden Figures." And she once worked at NASA Langley. Suspicious

No Dougal! That money is just resting in my account!

Hello my fellow American friends do not have fears. These are legitimate donations by concerned citizens like myself, American citizens. I am but simple beet farmer living in Brooklyn, and I think the Trump is very "far-out." that is why I scrape together all of my rubles without help from good friend Putin who is love America. I then donate this to Mr. President Trump, help him be big and strong.

Do not worry. Please come sit. I have make American hamburger please. Enjoy this decadence with me yes?

Trump himself

You know what's weird? I was just looking at Open Secrets earlier today and thinking it was a bit weird that Trump not only doubled Obama, but also more than doubled Bush, so it's not a partisan thing.

Then I saw the post about how DOW Chemical asked the Trump administration to ignore a pesticide study that would hinder their business, after having donated $1 million to that Inauguration. Something that has claimed is blatant corruption.

Also, do you know what's up with Sheldon Adelson donating $5 million to the Inauguration? That seems really shady to me, but I have no basis for the suspicion.

How is this even legal?!?!

But Pay For Play at the Clinton Foundation was such a yuge problem. .

Anyway to get this in an excel document or something?

I randomly picked 3. One of them is address to a Panda Express

page 452

GOULD, GEORGE, A., 3525 DEL MAR HEIGHTS SAN DIEGO

https://www.google.com/maps/place/3525+Del+Mar+Heights+Rd,+San+Diego,+CA+92130/@32.9529674,-117.2309301,283m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dc0883623de051:0x5b27f74aa31eeba!8m2!3d32.9535413!4d-117.2304232

Timothy Kasbe, former CIO of Sears, donated $150,000 and now owns 48 factories in Russia and Ukraine...as owner of the the largest fast fashion retailer in Russia

Big story here. At its core it's about Citizens United and dark money in politics. Turns out that unlimited campaign financing from untraceable sources leads to influence from foreign governments and organized crime. Who woulda thunk it...

Like the time he crashed a children's AIDS fundraiser, took some selfies and said you're welcome, and then left without donating a dime.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-boasts-of-his-philanthropy-but-his-giving-falls-sho...

A true conservative, all bullshit and no morals.

FALSE! TRUMP WILL BE DONATING ALL THOSE MILLIONS TO THE HUMAN FUND.

EDIT: I am both humbled and greatful for the gold! May good fortune smile on you kind stranger!

I want Sean Spicer to tapdance his way the fuck out of this in a live press conference.

Money in politics is only bad when liberals do it silly /s. That's why when (((Soros))) and Bill Gates give to political causes it's evil (((globalists))) taking power away from The Working Man™, but when the Mercers, the Adelsons, the Waltons, Foster Friess or Peter Thiel give to political causes it's FREEDOM and looking out for the working class... Apparently.

Also, do you know what's up with Sheldon Adelson donating $5 million to the Inauguration? That seems really shady to me, but I have no basis for the suspicion.

All very large, direct donations to politicians are innately suspect. The practice MUST be outlawed.

I too am American typical, driver of truck from Oklahoma Oblast. I am so excited about Trump being of friendly with great respected world leader Putin that I donated $250,000 of dollars American!

The Quartz article is well-sourced, albeit with some articles that are paywalled.

Mic seems to have broken the story, with The Hill and others picking it up.

The right have been running rampant doing things like this. Remember their bellyaching about the "IRS scandal?" Yeah, the IRS was targeting them because they were lying like fucking rugs and pulling all sorts of bullshit so often with so many organizations that the IRS was justified.

I do love their Kung Pao Corruption.

If you go to Christina Wilkie's twitter, she's posted a google sheet that people can collaborate on. Not all of the addresses are in it yet, so you'll have to sometimes go back to the FEC document.

To be fair, Donald Trump said he would be donating any leftover donations to a charity... which he still hasn't chosen.

And won't. He gets most of the credit for simply stated that it will be donated. No real reason for him to actually make the donation.

https://youtu.be/5tu32CCA_Ig

Because corruption is legal

US person here

Isn't there a regulation against anonymous or pseudonymous spendings in the USA?

Answer: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA silent sobbing

Lol just kidding. It is a good question and the answer is, I'm really not sure what laws apply in this situation. The reason I laughed (besides an instinct for snark and humor being how I deal with dark issues) is that there are things called Super PACs (political action committees) in the US that allow essentially unlimited, anonymous money to flow into political campaigns as long as they don't directly give to a specific candidate or coordinate with their campaign. Comedian Stephen Colbert on his old show illustrated the absurdity of this situation by setting up his own super political action committee and accepting donations to it from viewers and paying for ridiculous things with it. He also showed that an individual could essentially set one up as a shell for yourself and funnel your own money anonymously into politics. So in that sense, the answer is no, it's, not illegal. But that situation doesn't really apply to Trump's inauguration committee and I don't really know what laws do.

And the system remains in place because too many people have been misled and manipulated into supporting the people that are hurting them.

Any more reputable media outlets reporting on this I can't find anything and I'd love to send this to some friends but never heard of the site.

Yes. Remember the Panama Papers leak? That was a list of shell corporations and their owners. Thousands and thousands of people were using them to dodge taxes through just that one shell corporation management firm.

I am haveing no fears of completely legitimate donations by patriot American citizen like you and me. Much monies are need for makeing great of America.

Oh wow. Nice find.

This explains why Trump so adamantly insisted that he had a huge inauguration. Hide the money.

Here's some food for thought: President Obama raised $53 million for his inauguration in 2009, and Donald Trump raised more than twice that much, $107 million, for his own inauguration in 2016.

Here's even more food for thought - the entire UK election campaign, for all parties and candidates, was £45.5m, or US$58m. Limited by law.

Face it, 'donations' are just bribes - the less money you have in an election, the better.

Yeah forget everything else, someone donating money under a fake name is going to be the straw that breaks the camels back... get real dude, the sheep won't budge until they can't watch sports or reality TV and buy cheap beer and fast food anymore. Bread and circuses.

That, mixed with overwhelming narcissism and an utter disdain for the truth.

Wilkie put all the info in an easier to digest google doc

Sometimes I think about how the average person probably wouldn't associate themselves or respect a friend,colleague,boss etc with a record of lying,selfishness, sexual harassment, etc. But when it comes to the POTUS, it's fine, dismissed and sometimes even admired, because of bipartisan bs.

So what will come of this information?

The most you'll see in the immediate future is a cringe-worthy moment in a press conference where Spicer lies his way out of a question on this matter.

Given how egregious some of these discrepancies are and how large the donations were, the FEC might investigate.

It will help as the press calls out more pay-to-play bullshit in the future, and it already looks like the shady donations are on course to intersect with the FBI Russia investigation.

"STOP ASKING ABOUT THE DONATIONS!"

It appears that the US had reached it's end... This level of corruption is disgusting and the whole thing should burn down. Make the people fight for freedom again.

One of the fronts turned out to be Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey. https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/19/oculus-co-founder-palmer-luckey-donated-100000-to-trumps-inaugu...

The Intercept has picked up the story of Katherine Johnson

So what will come of this information? Who is going to prosecute him? I know there are many investigations going on however day after day it's like business as usual for him? The republican majority in the senate won't do anything. They are loyal to their brand before the country. So what if concrete evidence is found that he committed fraud? What then?

ya know your party is bad when the last good thing they did was over a hundred years ago

Drink!

I guess those extra millions are just floating around out there for the moment.

I think the way Trump is playing things right now is "If they forget that I said I was going to donate it... woohoo. BUT if they don't, I'll just earn a ton of interest off of the money till I'm 'forced' to give it up."

 

The interest he is making off of all this money he has been claiming he would donate would allow me to live the rest of my life without working. And very comfortably at that. To him it might just be enough to pay one month of his Russian loans but I doubt he is the kind of guy who would let a penny sit on the side walk if he saw it.

Be sure to share this with her on twitter if you can't comment on the spreadsheet.

Just from reading the wikipage on Adelson my mind goes to Jeff Sessions. Sessions seem like he would be on board with Adelson's anti-marijuana legalization stance. He also has close ties to Israel which could be a point of influence. I wonder if he knows Jared....

Those extra millions are sitting in one of his bank accounts earning him interest which he likely will not donate to charity. Why are we surprised by this? He uses the presidency to increase his wealth in every way possible. He uses the presidency to increase the value of Mar-a-lago every weekend when he goes on his vacations there. He uses the presidency to hire people that go on air to tell people to buy Ivanka's products thereby increasing the value of the Trump brand. It never ends

Because the people who do it own the people who write the laws, or are those people themselves.

To celebrate the holiday season, a donation has been made in your name to: The Human Fund "Money for People"

No wonder Chaffetz is cutting and running. This is some blatant shit.

That sounds like the biggest loophole for literally everything regarding money I can think of. Is this true?

As a legitimate Ameriican businesses owner, I am please with Trump speaking to "buy American". This says you may buy from me. Pay none attention to the "made in China". Buy from me is to buy American.

No matter what Romney says corporations are not people and at the most base minimum should be barred from donating

/sub/totallynotrussians

And too add - this practice is extremely common in US. I see it in transactions of properties from llc's, corps, inc's, etc. Some are shells, some are not. The concept of the United States of America Corporation had evolved since the late1800s early1900s. Now these shells can apply to all sorts of things.

lol, calm down you crazy nut.

KAZIMIR ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED 161916

KAZIMIR BEI KAI HOLDINGS LIMITED 214374

KAZIMIR CAPITAL PARTNERS I (GP) LTD. 27725

KAZIMIR CAPITAL PARTNERS I L.P. 196870

KAZIMIR CASPIAN FUND II LIMITED 159498

KAZIMIR CASPIAN FUND LIMITED 196857

KAZIMIR CASPIAN MANAGEMENT LIMITED 239242

KAZIMIR EMERGING EUROPE FUND LTD. 50624

KAZIMIR FUND X L.P. 258125

KAZIMIR FUND X PARTNERS LIMITED 40623

KAZIMIR FUND Y L.P. 144761

KAZIMIR GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LTD. 190528

KAZIMIR GROUP HOLDING LIMITED 134640

KAZIMIR GROUP LIMITED 118438

KAZIMIR HOLDINGS LIMITED 206027

KAZIMIR INVESTMENTS I LTD. 196873

KAZIMIR INVESTMENTS LIMITED 134671

KAZIMIR MANAGEMENT LTD. 146040

KAZIMIR NON-DOLLAR (GP) LIMITED 146450

KAZIMIR NON-DOLLAR GP LLC 144763

KAZIMIR NON-DOLLAR YIELD FUND LTD. 15609

KAZIMIR NON-DOLLAR YIELD MASTER FUND L.P. 77387

KAZIMIR PARTNERS (HOLDING) LIMITED 58950

KAZIMIR PARTNERS LIMITED 79050

KAZIMIR RUSSIA DIRECTIONAL FUND LIMITED 64613

KAZIMIR RUSSIA GROWTH FUND LIMITED 161732

KAZIMIR RUSSIA GROWTH INVESTMENT FUND 14021

KAZIMIR RUSSIA MASTER FUND L.P. 118252

KAZIMIR RUSSIA OFFSHORE FUND LTD. 196862

KAZIMIR SERVICES LIMITED 159410

KAZIMIR SPECIAL SITUATIONS FUND LIMITED 268915

KAZIMIR TOTAL RETURN FUND LTD 196821

KAZIMIR TREASURY SERVICES LIMITED 149789

KAZIMIR UKRAINE CONVERGENCE FUND LIMITED

Wow, SNL really lets him have it. He's a bully and his whole party seems to be bullies. It's like the mob took over the country.

That's a UPS Store address, actually. It's to the store itself and is missing the #XXX number for the specific box.

Not much less shady, but it also could be the mailing address for a business.

Source: I've sent mail there to a business. Not one that would donate lots of money to Trump.

yeah... so we had this thing called the Citizen's United ruling, that basically greenlit unlimited anonymous spending as long as it wasn't directly for a campaign.

The inaugural fund is technically just for the inauguration ceremony, but they don't have to report how the money is spent so it can get kind of shady. Combine that with the ability to hide behind shell corporations, and it can get real shady. A politician who cared about upholding the appearance of honesty would probably reject anonymous donations like that, especially suspiciously large ones. Trump, on the other hand, is the nasty-ass honey badger of American politics.

You don't care that's he's incredibly corrupt?

To compare the democrats then to the democrats now is laughable if you know anything at all about history.

Girls! GOP womanizer - Father Jack

Her charity did. Which used the money to fund global health initiatives.

How did that gobshite get on the television?

Who cares if they live in a pile of rubble and mysteriously had six figures to donate?

Money laundering is real.

So I looked up the people in my state who were donors. And I found the same person making donations (sometimes on the same day) from different locations. The person I'm talking about is WALUKEVICH, ASHLEY.

I'm not trying to call out the person I'm strictly ignorant as to any reason why someone would do it.

Adelson has been the premiere GOP donator for the past few cycles, surpassing the Kochs, at least in grandiose massive capital injections to major players.

Mild shock.

That was posted weeks after the inauguration and said it hadn't happened as of then. Further, why is LG listing an office under construction as their address and not corporate HQ?

It's what Rachel Maddow's opening segment was about tonight. Hasn't been uploaded to youtube yet, but will be by tomorrow morning.

YOU'RE INFRINGING ON MY RIGHT TO CREATE JOBS!

So it's ok to discriminate against people because of profiling? I'm having trouble here. Your suppose to be against profiling and such because "thats what Trump does", but you have all the same traits as said man. I'm confused here. Are you a Trump supporter hanging out in Esist?

If you drill into it, you'll see (at least) two separate donations of $1,000,000 from coal industry representatives. But I'm sure there was no quid pro quo with the recent deregulation of the coal industry.

I guess those extra millions are just floating around out there sitting there earning interest funding novel financial instruments in the Cayman Islands for the moment.

5 donations. 4 of them $50 made on Jan 13, 2017. 1 of them $100 made on Jan 9, 2017. For all we know she could have been raising funds in a 10k run or something and asking people to donate to Trump's inauguration rather than send money to her. This does not sound like illegitimate or laundering schemes. The fake addresses with hundreds of thousands of dollars sound like laundering but not this.

FEC. FEC. FEC. BRING THIS HOME FELLAS!

In many ways, Spicer is better than Ari Fleicher and Dana Perino were.

Ari and Dana were maddeningly competent. They wouldn't lie, but would deftly spin non-lies until they were unrecognizable from the facts.

I, personally, find Sean up there being boldly terrible at lying, much more honest.

If Ari and Dana were tennis partners, they would be launching return shots at blinding speed, just out of bounds, but never when the judge was looking. Cheating exactly the correct amount.

Whereas Sean would just serve into the net three times and then chuck the racket into the crowd.

Feck off!

So I'm not a reporter by any sense of the word, but some of these donors are totally fishy... Kenneth sherriliyn (awfully close to the name of romance novel writer) donates 200000 from a registered address to a home that was purchased days before the election for about the cost of the donation? Who has the kinda scratch to drop the same amount for a home, as they do on an inauguration, and have no google history, no linked in company page touting how rich and important of a CEO they are?

it appears that there's a google docs link here. Looks like all the entries are, indeed there.

That's felony trolling right there.

I've said it many times before, whatever bullshit accusations comes out of a conservative's mouth you know they're guilty of themselves. Remember this one:

16 Anti-Gay Activists Who Were Caught Being Gay

The whole "pay to play" act was preemptive so they could shift the blame when they got caught. Pay to play? That's Hillary. Corrupt? That's Obama. No puppet. No puppet. You puppet.

Uh.. I work across from that bulldozed corporation strip, aka LGs new HQ. I see that barren ground from my window everyday. It's been empty for years. Yeah LG bought it, but there's literally nothing there right now. Nothing. Not even a mail box, which is the point of a mailing address -- who puts a mailing address of a place that does not exist yet and cannot receive mails?

Credit to Lee Fang at the Intercept and verifying this hilarious tidbit:

The Trump campaign listed Katherine Johnson, the protagonist of the Academy Award nominated movie Hidden Figures, as the source of a $25,000 donation. And they listed NASA as the address.

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/20/donald-trumps-inauguration/

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We know, it's just hard to convince those in office to vote against lining their pockets.

Also, do you know what's up with Sheldon Adelson donating $5 million to the Inauguration? That seems really shady to me, but I have no basis for the suspicion.

Adelson donated 125 million to the trump campaign and was his largest donor. 5 mil is just a continuation of that insane investment. This guy either really loves trump or really wants something from him. Or both.

That shit cant be real.

edited

Jesus, I checked.

Pathetic attempt at deflection, if that's what it was.

Can't tell if you're serious or just satirizing the redcaps. Trump really does drive home Poe's law.

Timothy kasbe donates $150k - guess what? Russian businessman:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/peterhigh/2015/10/27/coo-of-one-of-the-fastest-...

Also, as someone who recently started a company, because it's so fucking easy to do (and then use for less than legit purposes). I've learned a lot recently about the process, and it's astonishing.

Please no more - we already have three: the executive circus, the legislative circus, and the judicial circus.

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right...

So it stands for Resist? Resist what?

I imagine he is getting out for other reasons (though they're probably still Trump-related).

All of this is extremely suspicious, but until more is known about these mystery donors we won't know enough to draw conclusions. It's blatant in the sense that it's very clear that something is amiss, but it's not blatant in the sense that any wrongdoing has been concealed. For the moment.

The fundamental problem here is the lack of oversight and the ease with which dark money can enter our political system.

Oh, He will.

For someone riding the Trump train, I was surprised that he's also a doctoral candidate in theology at Duke University.

Why is this surprising? Religious people overwhelmingly supported Trump (remember that in the US, most religious people are protestant)

They are. Googling Kazimir gets you a $1200/share equity fund that had a 30% profit last year whose speciality is "Russia". These are Russia's biggest players.

jokes on them - we all lost! haha...:(

And Trump bragged about raping women

Well, first of all, if you'd read you would see that it's /sub/esist and not /sub/esist. Second, you'd have to be really, really dumb or really unclever to not see the obvious meaning in what you typed.

I hope you're not actually that dumb and you were just trying to play stupid. But judging by your post history, I'm not so sure.

Well shit you caught me. I tell you what man, shilling these days ain't what it used to be.

Anymore I spend a good chunk of my shill money on downvotes for comments like the one you just made.

I can barely afford a case of 16-year-old Lagavulin with what's left over. That's no way to live. No way in hell will I stoop to drinking a mere 12 year old single malt.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

He didn't care about being lawful because he expected to make a power grab. What he didn't count on was honest patriots and law abiding people taking that opportunity away from him.

Some people respond to a post without clicking the link, but even rarer still is the response that hasn't even read the post itself.

There is no mailbox at the bulldozed and empty lots being used as addresses (or random fast food joints etc). Just fake address information to make it look legitimate.

Old Mafia tricks still work, I see.

SERENITY NOW

getting large sums of money from made up places = nose picking. I never knew nose picking was so nefarious

HELP CROWDSOURCE INFO ON INAUGURATION DONORS!!!

Add to the Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JaV4FmB9eoS78HR1WlHIZ0aw6GEqkYi6ccdiupVmfOA/edit#gid=2076...