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Weiner Paid $45K To Investigate Pretend Hacking

From the New York Daily News:

Weiner campaign paid private eye $45,000 to investigate own 2011 Twitter ‘hacking’ lie, reports show

By Greg B. Smith | July 28, 2013

Serial sexter Anthony Weiner paid a private eye nearly $45,000 in campaign cash to investigate his lie that a hacker posted a crotch shot on his Twitter feed, campaign spending records show.

Weiner’s brazen attempt to cover his tracks occurred shortly after Memorial Day weekend in 2011, when his first sexting scandal erupted and he went into furious spin control trying to save his career in Congress.

He maintained that he had been victimized — and promised an investigation to get to the bottom of how it happened. “They’ll be looking into whether someone had my password,” he told CNN.

Weiner ultimately paid a private investigations firm, T&M Protection services, $43,100 from his campaign fund — knowing nobody hacked anything and that he’d sent the image himself.

T&M? Not T&A?

T&M officials declined to answer questions about what work they did and what they discovered.

It is possible that even more money was spent on the fool’s errand.

At the time, Weiner said he had asked a law firm, BakerHostetler, to look into the matter. Records show his campaign paid BakerHostetler $93,350 for “legal services” between January 2010 and December 2012.

It’s not clear how much of that was for the hacker “investigation” because the firm was doing work for Weiner before and long after the scandal…

Weiner spent the money from the campaign account he maintained to finance his congressional races. That committee remained active for two years after he resigned from Congress. Two weeks ago, he applied to the Federal Election Commission to shut it down. He never reimbursed donors for the costs of the “investigation.” …

Campaign funds are supposed to be used only for matters related to the candidate’s campaign or official business, but the law is vague enough that it’s difficult to say whether Weiner’s use of the money for a fake “investigation” would be considered improper, said Bob Biersack, a longtime Federal Election Commission staffer who is a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics…

It’s not that "vague." You will recall that even the Clintons were not allowed to use campaign money for their legal work. (Though they did.)

But this is all too typical of Democrats. They are always willing to spend other people’s money for damage control and to cover their rears. As long as it’s other people’s money. In this case, it was campaign donations. Which is probably illegal.

And speaking of the FEC, could Weiner be staying in the race to try to hold onto his $5 million dollar plus war chest? What are the FEC’s rules covering that? And why are no mainstream reporters ‘following the money’?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Weiner Paid $45K To Investigate Pretend Hacking”

  1. yadayada says:

    part of campaign money is used to pay staffers. generally spouses and close friends. the longer you keep the campaign “open” the longer you can pay your staff. not surprisingly, the candidate is also considered staff.

  2. canary says:

    The women is saying Anthony Weiner AKA Carlos Danger literally became jealous and possessive of her communicating with other people.
    If Weiner is elected he will take it that his behavior is okay and become worse until he’s NYC’s Jack the Ripper.

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