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Trump’s Payment To Porn Star Violated Campaign Finance Laws: Report

The payment of $130,000 reportedly made to a pornographic film actress who claims to have had an affair with President Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws, according to documents filed on Monday with the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission, Politico reports.

The complaint, submitted by the watchdog group Common Cause, claims the payment to Stephanie Clifford — who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels — was an illegal donation to Trump’s presidential campaign that should have been publicly disclosed in its official reports.

As reported by Politico:

An attorney for Common Cause, Paul Ryan, said the payment appeared to be hush money. He compared the situation to the series of events that resulted in the prosecution of former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) over the payments allegedly made to cover up an affair he had with videographer Rielle Hunter during his 2008 presidential bid.

“The purpose is the heart of all this,” Ryan said. “It’s pretty obvious this payment to Ms. Clifford was intended to keep her quiet just weeks before the election so she would not damage the candidate’s effort to win the election.”

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said the complaints were without merit.

“The Common Cause complaint is baseless along with the allegation that President Trump filed a false report to the FEC,” Cohen said in a statement, according to Politico.

The Wall Street Journal reported the payment last week.

Following the report, Cohen did not address the transfer of funds or its purpose, but said the president denied any affair.

“President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels,” Cohen said, referring to a written statement Daniels signed insisting that there had been no such relationship.

The complaint that Common Cause sent to the Justice Department is addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sessions announced last March that he was recusing himself from all matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Justice Department and the FEC did not respond to Political Dig requests for comment on the complaints.

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