What Do the NRA and a Porn Star Have in Common?

Did you hear the one about the porn star and the National Rifle Association? No, it’s not a joke — it’s a story of strange bedfellows, the Trump campaign and a symbol of what has gone wrong with our government over the years.

The investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election has grown long, detailed and extremely convoluted. The latest to be caught up in possible collusion? The National Rifle Association.

The NRA — whose only real goal seems to be ensuring as many people can own as many guns as possible – was adamantly anti-Clinton, believing a Hillary Clinton presidency would end the right to bear arms all together.

That’s may be why the organization allegedly worked with the Russians to make sure President Donald Trump made it into the White House instead — and they may have funneled millions of dollars to make that happen.

According to a McClatchy News report, Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, is being investigated for routing funding from Russia to the Trump campaign and providing massive donations to the NRA as the go-between. Torshin is reportedly a close ally of both the NRA and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Torshin has already been connected to more than one money laundering scandal, and funneling money to a non-candidate-based PAC would be an optimal way to indirectly support a presidential campaign. After all, foreigners are forbidden from donating to candidates. Meanwhile, the NRA spent between $50 and $70 million on the 2016 elections and $30 million directly on Trump — far more than in any other election cycle. And most of the money was raised through an arm that did not have to disclose donors or donation amounts, thanks to the Citizens United  ruling.

Regardless of whether or not it’s proven that Torshin or the Russians funneled millions to the NRA, it’s undeniably scandalous that there’s no way for the public to know who — American or foreign — is giving millions to prop up campaigns. But that’s far from the only inappropriate use of campaign money to come to light.

Last week news broke that a lawyer for President Trump allegedly paid over $100,000 in “hush” money to a porn star in order to keep her from exposing her year-long extramarital affair with him. The details were salacious — spanking with magazines featuring his own face, a weird love of pizza and more. Had Stormy Daniels come forward in October of 2016 with her story as she originally planned, that could very well have changed the results of the election.

Apparently the Trump campaign agreed, which is why lawyers created an entirely new LLC and then used that corporation to provide her with cash in exchange for a non-disclosure agreement. Now, however, legal analysts are questioning whether that makes it an “in-kind campaign donation.” As Talking Points Memo reports:

In a letter accompanying the complaint Monday, Common Cause’s vice president for policy and litigation, Paul S. Ryan, asserted that the reported hush money ‘was an unreported in-kind contribution to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and an unreported expenditure by the committee — because the funds were paid for the purpose of influencing the 2016 president general election — in violation of the campaign finance reporting requirements,’ required by law. As a corporation, it would be officially unable to “donate” more than $2400 to the Trump campaign, making the massive payoff a massive violation.

Perhaps they should have tried funneling it through the NRA instead.

Money-laundering Russians and paid-off porn stars should be the subject of bad espionage novels, not the latest news headlines from the president of the United States. And that just goes to show how hard it is to tell which is more damaged — our campaign laws, or democracy itself.

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45 comments

John B
John B6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees8 months ago

@Marty P
"Come on Eric I thought you were a lot smarter than that the NRA is no different from the IRA as they are both terrorist organizations. They have absolutely nothing to do with basic human rights they are about power and money and forcing their ideals on people by any means possible. If you want self defence take up martial arts as guns serve only one purpose and that's killing people."

That's news to me, feel free to post the evidence you have that the NRA supports terrorism.

So protecting your life is not a basic human right?

Actually I do take self defense martial arts and I highly recommend self defense training especially for women. A gun is a great equalizer that can be used for good or evil.

I would prefer a world without firearms, it's too easy for a punk to kill but that is the world we live in.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees8 months ago

@sharon b
"Eric Lees if you want tyranny than support Trump. He's a dictator who is destroying what the majority of Americans want. All his actions are about money and power."

Um no quite the opposite and you would know that if you have read many of my comments. I'm against Tyranny in any form.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara8 months ago

The current team repealed a law that said dangerously insane people should not be allowed to buy guns. Who would benefit by this?

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara8 months ago

Very unsavoury

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara8 months ago

Seems like paying the porno didn't work if we know all about it.

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Winn Adams
Winn A8 months ago

Yuck . . . . .

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Rachel -
Past Member 8 months ago

How do you figure a porn star's story would have changed the election result if Russians already did that? Who can even keep track of all these excuses? Hillary lost because of Russians. Or wait it was misogyny. Or Nazis. Or Comey. Or Wikileaks. Or Bernie. Or her own campaign officials. Or now it was possibly a porn star. Evidently it was anyone but Hillary cheating-Bernie-was-so-exhausting-I-can't-go-to-Wisconsin Clinton herself. Besides, what kind of moron would change their vote over who a candidate had sex with a decade ago...

Democrats should dump this entire otiosity and work on congealing the Party's message. For example, how does concern about foreign influence on elections jibe with the majority of Democrats thinking illegal immigrants should have the right to vote? It looks like you're perfectly fine with foreign influence when it serves you. Iron out inconsistencies and have a coherent message. Also, completely ditch all loyalty to Hillary. FEC complaints have been filed against both candidates and putting the Trump allegations on blast while ignoring Hillary's only makes it look like you're covering for wrongdoing in your own party.

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Paul C
Paul Carter8 months ago

Are you kidding me - there are some voters who would have seen an affair with a porn star as a thing to brag about. Well - maybe not when the missus is about.

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Toni W
Toni W8 months ago

TYFS

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