Leaked Emails Prove Obama DOJ Funneled ‘Slush Fund’ Money To Leftist Groups
The Justice Department under President Obama funneled ‘slush fund’ money to left-leaning activist groups, leaked documents show. “The DOJ settlement program has come under fire by a number of critics who refer to it as a “slush fund” that allows money to be funneled to third-party activist groups,” writes Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon.
Washington Free Beacon reports:
The practice in question began in August 2014 when the Justice Department entered into a $17-billion settlement with Bank of America for selling residential mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial collapse. Similar arrangements were made with J.P Morgan Chase and Citigroup that brought the total amount to $36.65 billion.[…]
Approved nonprofits included groups such as UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), NeighborWorks America, and the National Urban League, which gives grants to left-leaning community organizing groups.
The documents obtained by the Free Beacon show that individuals in the Justice Department sought to route money to allied groups while excluding conservative groups.
“I’m sorry to be a pest. We keep tinkering with the settlement agreement and I want to make sure we are doing it right,” Elizabeth Taylor, then the principal deputy associate attorney general, wrote in a November 6, 2013 email. “Can you explain to Tony the best way to allocate some money to an organization of our choosing?” she later added, referring to Associate Attorney General Tony West. (Emails are below)
Washington Free Beacon provides a transcript of an email, where Justice Department officials are mulling over potential groups to route money to — ‘Pacific Legal Foundation,’ was barred from receiving funds because it is a right-leaning organization specializing in “property-rights free legal services.”
The email reads:
Got it. Ok, this will hopefully address the concerns we’d like to avert:
Donations to state-based Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account (IOLTA) organizations (or other statewide bar-association affiliated intermediaries) that provide funds to legal aid organizations, to be used for foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community development legal assistance.
Concerns include: a.) not allowing Citi to pick a statewide intermediary like the Pacific Legal Foundation (does conservative property-rights free legal services) or a statewide pro bono entity (will conflict out of most meaningful legal aid) we are more likely to get the right result from a state bar association affiliated entity; b.) making sure that it’s legal assistance provided, not a scenario where the bank can direct IOLTA or other intermediary to give to even a legal aid organization but to do only housing counseling, for example, under the umbrella “foreclosure prevention assistance.” This get you closer?
The Justice Department announced over the summer that it will be ending an Obama/Holder-era slush fund that funded radical left-wing groups.
As TGP previously reported, the Obama administration funneled billions of dollars to activist organizations through a Department of Justice slush fund scheme, according to congressional investigators and the GOP was looking to eliminate it. Another win for Americans as Obama’s ‘legacy’ is erased and replaced with law and order.