What’s the deal with Democrats and the FBI this year? Seems like they’re getting tied to all sorts of shady stuff that the FBI is investigating. Hillary Clinton is tied to four big investigations, and now it seems like Florida Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is running against Marco Rubio for his Senate seat, is tied to another.
The allegation — originally submitted by a Republican super PAC run by a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — is that Murphy’s high school friend and major political donor, Ibrahim Al-Rashid, coordinated a “straw donor” scheme to boost Murphy.
Al-Rashid didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment. And Murphy’s campaign declined to say whether Murphy’s attorneys had discussed the FBI investigation with Al-Rashid’s attorney.
A straw donor scheme occurs when a wealthy donor skirts legal limits on political donations by funneling money into campaigns using other people’s names.
This is the same thing that conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’souza was tried and convicted of.
One example within the alleged scheme: A woman who describes herself in federal donation reports as the “owner” and “property manager” of a Texas-based company, Limestone Property Management, gave Murphy’s campaign $300.
But she is neither the property manager nor the owner of the Texas-based company. In fact, she doesn’t work there.
She lived in Miami at the time and was Ibrahim Al-Rashid’s “cleaning lady,” according to a Miami-Dade Police Department report filed in 2012 over a home burglary at Al-Rashid’s property.
Al-Rashid is the son of a wealthy Saudi billionaire and, according to The Hill, has contributed $400,000 to Murphy’s political ambitions. That’s a pretty financial sponsorship. While Murphy may be unaware of it, or had no idea it was a straw donor scheme, he’s being financially backed by someone for some purpose. That someone happens to be a foreign power.
That happens to be the same kind of stuff Hillary might have been getting into with the Clinton Foundation.
Someone is trying to buy Murphy’s seats of power. It’s unclear if they are trying to do so in this election, but they have in the past, and it’s yet another reason why Florida should not be electing such a shady character.