NOVEMBER 06, 2017
A $1 billion “slush fund” set up by companies which were sued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) went to nonprofits allied with the Obama administration, a government watchdog group said.
DOJ records obtained in a lawsuit by Judicial Watch reveal the Obama administration’s policy of settling government lawsuits against corporate defendants by requiring the corporations to make “donations” to leftist interest groups.
“As part of settlements, the DOJ would often give the corporations – mainly big banks – double credit if they gave money to leftwing interest groups handpicked by the administration instead of paying the government,” Judicial Watch noted in its Corruption Chronicles feature.
“The new records demonstrate a collaborative effort among high-level officials in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General and the Office of Legal Counsel to ensure conservative groups did not receive any settlement cash.”