Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fact checking McConnell's ties to Russian contributor

According to this fact check, "Blavatnik’s company, Access Industries, gave $5.25 million to various conservative super PACs in the 2016 election cycle — including $1.5 million to the McConnell-affiliated Senate Leadership Fund." Blavatnik is tied "to Oleg Deripaska — a Russian businessman who had been sanctioned by the Treasury Department." According to the Mueller Report Deripaska is described as a "Russian oligarch [who…] allegedly received updates on then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign through Paul Manafort." What did their money buy from McConnel? "Blavatnik co-owns a company that has a 26.5 percent stake in Deripaska’s aluminum company, Rusal, according to reporting from Bloomberg. In April, Rusal announced plans to open a new aluminum plant in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky." Pay to play with Russians, plain and simple, aka treason.

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