Roger Sollenberger at The Daily Beast is reporting on a newly found $100,000 donation made by Matt Gaetz’s marketing campaign to a weird little nonprofit initially fashioned by pro-Trump Republican Chris Christie, the scandal-plagued former governor of New Jersey, as a Trump-boosting group. Usually that might be standard-fare political information, however Sollenberger discovered a complete lot of sketchy beneath the floor.
Gaetz’s marketing campaign made the contribution the very day that Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial received underway within the Senate. What’s notable about this time interval is that it was a time when Gaetz was very publicly giving Trump sloppy kisses of help after evidently failing to acquire a much-desired blanket Trump pardon throughout Trump’s final weeks in workplace. Apparently this conduct prolonged to funneling $100,000 of marketing campaign funds right into a Trump-boosting “nonprofit,” however:
• The Gaetz marketing campaign says no, truly it was to help Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ bid to be Arkansas governor.
• However the nonprofit has by no means mentioned it is supporting Sanders, and neither Gaetz nor his marketing campaign have ever donated to Sanders instantly.
• No person concerned with the nonprofit (Christie is not related to it) is keen to say what the group has been doing, there is no report of them doing something since August 2020, and Gaetz seems to be the one politico who’s given cash to the group.
• And provided that the group, “Proper Path America,” is a 501(c)4 nonprofit that by regulation should dedicate itself primarily to social welfare causes and never politics, the lack of anybody concerned to give you a purpose for the group’s existence that does not hinge on politics makes the entire thing look a bit scammy. Or lots scammy.
As with seemingly all the pieces else involving Matt Gaetz, we do not know a lot however all the pieces we do know factors within the obscure course of someone doing a criminal offense. It’s kind of odd that the Gaetz marketing campaign forked over $100,000 to a pro-Trump “nonprofit” on the very day of Trump’s second impeachment trial, and odder nonetheless for the marketing campaign to be insisting that no, Truly it was meant to help a marketing campaign the nonprofit has proven no report of supporting. It’s kind of odd that this all got here on the heels of frantic negotiations to attempt to safe a intercourse crimes pardon from a intercourse crimes president. It’s kind of odd that the nonprofit in query doesn’t appear to meaningfully exist, or do something, or have any “social welfare” trigger to it in any respect.
If there’s one factor we have realized, nonetheless, it is that the Gaetz household has a latest historical past of attracting (alleged) cash scammers. A Florida man was just indicted for trying to extract $25 million from Gaetz’s father in a bizarrely premised scheme promising a Trump pardon. Individually, Gaetz and his fiancee claim to have lost $155,000 after the cash they wired to buy a 41-foot yacht “went lacking” as a result of “malicious actors.”
And this is not even the primary sketchy money switch the Gaetz marketing campaign itself has been concerned with: A number of months in the past, it was found that among the many mountains of money the Gaetz marketing campaign doled out in makes an attempt to steer Gaetz by his sex-crime-premised political shipwreck, was $20,000 to a Roger Stone firm the Division of Justice says the Stone household has been using as a tax dodge.
Briefly, there’s been lots happening right here. It isn’t out of the realm of chance that Matt Gaetz and his marketing campaign have been merely bamboozled out of $100,000 by somebody promising to ship a brand new boat with a Roger Stone-delivered presidential pardon stapled to the hull, or have been attempting to get their arms on $100,000 of Sarah Sanders-produced t-shirts with secret presidential pardons stitched into their laundry tags. You actually cannot go unsuitable assuming that the actual clarification will probably be wackier than it first seems, when any new Gaetz story seems. The man’s a strolling scandal magnet.
Anyhoo, there you go. There’s your new Matt Gaetz information. Do you remorse realizing it? Yeah. Yeah, so do I. Federal brokers might do us all a pleasant favor right here and get on with indicting Gaetz for, truthfully, take your decide, nevertheless it seems the Gaetz case has gone into the identical unseen wormhole each final Trump investigation went into throughout his tenure. It’d pop again up finally, someplace within the neighborhood of Alpha Centauri.