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Sat Dec 16, 2017, 12:41 PM Dec 2017

No wonder Congressional Republicans are trying to destroy Mueller [View all]

Some of them could have a Russia problem.

How Putin's proxies helped funnel millions into GOP campaigns

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team probes deeper into potential collusion between Trump officials and representatives of the Russian government, investigators are taking a closer look at political contributions made by U.S. citizens with close ties to Russia.
An example is Len Blavatnik, a dual U.S.-U.K. citizen and one of the largest donors to GOP political action committees in the 2015-16 election cycle. Blavatnik's family emigrated to the U.S. in the late '70s from the U.S.S.R. and he returned to Russia when the Soviet Union began to collapse in the late '80s.

Data from the Federal Election Commission show that Blavatnik's campaign contributions dating back to 2009-10 were fairly balanced across party lines and relatively modest for a billionaire. During that season he contributed $53,400. His contributions increased to $135,552 in 2011-12 and to $273,600 in 2013-14, still bipartisan.

In 2015-16, everything changed. Blavatnik's political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.
Dallas News
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Mitch, Marco and Lindsey! PatrickforO Dec 2017 #1
My next email or phone call to marcos office onethatcares Dec 2017 #12
Ryan, too, I bet. Maybe that's why he wants to quit congress. nt tblue37 Dec 2017 #29
This is gonna get so ugly. mucifer Dec 2017 #2
Treasonous LIARS NastyRiffraff Dec 2017 #3
we already know they contributed to.... getagrip_already Dec 2017 #22
Bernie Sanders...give me that info where you got that from. Pauldg47 Dec 2017 #24
just use google.... getagrip_already Dec 2017 #30
I will see if its reliable. Pauldg47 Dec 2017 #31
Well this explains a few things. PragmaticDem Dec 2017 #4
Don't Forget Ryan & Roherbacher Me. Dec 2017 #5
Yes, that's why I want to see the full list NastyRiffraff Dec 2017 #6
Maggot Is Such A Beatifully DEscriptive Word Me. Dec 2017 #7
Kick! TheDebbieDee Dec 2017 #8
This needs to stay at the top of the page for days. K&R Elwood P Dowd Dec 2017 #9
Various talking heads have been working parts of this for a while. davsand Dec 2017 #10
Some? 2naSalit Dec 2017 #11
K & R Duppers Dec 2017 #13
Great.research! cilla4progress Dec 2017 #14
And they know Mueller is going to find out. Matt Getz whatever his name is was practically Kirk Lover Dec 2017 #15
Do not forget Jim Jordan. True Blue American Dec 2017 #18
He is vile and he is part of the TREASON CAUCUS. Kirk Lover Dec 2017 #19
K&R. dchill Dec 2017 #16
K & R a million times! sueh Dec 2017 #17
Don't forget what made it all possible... defacto7 Dec 2017 #20
Bam!! Spot On!! blue-wave Dec 2017 #21
I think that I read a different article about this topic that avebury Dec 2017 #23
Gotta love that the Dallas News in deep red Texas is the source. BadgerMom Dec 2017 #25
There is a lot of Russian dirt on congressional Repugs. Sneederbunk Dec 2017 #26
Lindsay, huh? dawg day Dec 2017 #27
Wow. From 273,600K bipartisan to 6.35 million hard right in one year's time. chia Dec 2017 #32
Collusion is not a crime.. it's the cover-up.. Stellar Dec 2017 #33
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