David Brock, the founder of Media Matters, paid attorney Lisa Bloom $200,000 to fund efforts by her clients to accuse then-candidate Donald Trump of sexual harassment, according to a report by The New York Times.
Media Matters, the left-wing group whose stated purpose is to expose what they claim is “conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” dedicated significant resources to counteract the candidacy of Donald Trump. While this revelation does not directly implicate the organization, it does reveal the workings of a concerted, coordinated effort by high-profile progressives supporting Hillary Clinton to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump, even if they had to pay for it. A major donor for Hillary Clinton paid Bloom $500,000 for the effort, the Times reported.
We previously reported on attorney Lisa Bloom’s plans to pay Trump accusers, who claimed it was necessary to cover their expenses. However, it caused many to doubt the motivations of the accused, and Bloom says after one woman asked to be paid $2 million, she then decided not to come forward at all.
David Brock — a Democratic operative and the founder of left-wing Media Matters, described by the Times as “Hillary Clinton’s fiercest loyalists during her campaign against Mr. Trump” — partly funded the effort with $200,000. The other major donor uncovered in the report is longtime Hillary friend and fashion entrepreneur Susie Tompkins Buell, who paid a whopping $500,000 to fund potential accusers procured by Ms. Bloom.
Bloom “seized on the political potency of sexual harassment charges against Mr. Trump not long after he clinched the Republican presidential nomination,” reports the Times. The attorney admits to reaching out to Clinton super PACs “for money to help her vet a sexual misconduct claim against Mr. Trump.”
A group founded by Brock, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, “secretly spent $200,000 on an unsuccessful effort to bring forward accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Trump before Election Day,” individuals “familiar with the arrangements” told the Times.
Brock “is considering creating a fund to encourage victims to bring forward similar claims against Republican politicians,” says the report.
According to Bloom, the operation was unproductive. “One woman requested $2 million, Ms. Bloom said, then decided not to come forward. Nor did any other women,” says the report.
The attorney claims she “did not communicate with Mrs. Clinton or her campaign ‘on any of this'” and insists she didn’t offer her clients money to come forward and only pursued clients with corroborated claims. Bloom admitted to keeping “some funds to pay for our out-of-pocket expenses” she claims to have accrued while pursuing the cases.
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