Report: In 2018, Giuliani’s Henchmen Made 6-Figure Donation To Kevin McCarthy
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received substantial donations from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, Ukrainian-Americans who worked with Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, according to Vice.
Parnas and Fruman were arrested in October for allegedly funneling illegal campaign contributions to McCarthy and other GOP candidates.
McCarthy received $2,700, the National Republican Congressional Committee, House Republicans’ main campaign organization, received $3.300, and $11,000 went to Protect the House, a joint fundraising committee whose beneficiaries include McCarthy and the NRCC.
However, an “Igor Furman” made a $100,000 donation to an unidentified “Committee 3.” The indictment alleges that Fruman intentionally altered his name to cover his tracks. Parnas is alleged to have passed his donations through Fruman as well.
Investigators say that Parnas and Fruman were attempting to buy influence, as neither of them had donated much to candidates before 2016.
“If the GOP Minority Leader and his campaign committee are willing to pocket money from a man who was just arrested for funneling Russian campaign donors into American elections, then it is clear there [is] no line they will not cross,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Cole Leiter said in a statement.
“This is a question of un-American activity: Either you stand for the sanctity of our elections and defending our Constitution, or you do not. Today, Minority Leader McCarthy and his campaign arm need to make a choice,” Leiter said.
McCarthy’s spokesman Matt Sparks said in a statement: “These contributions were made ahead of events sponsored by Protect the House, a joint fundraising committee that McCarthy helped form last cycle. The deception documented in today’s indictment has no place in our country and as a result, McCarthy plans to donate amounts received to a local charity.”