The potential international conspiracy plot and subsequent investigation currently being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has just gotten way, way bigger. Not only is the Trump campaign the spotlight of the investigation, but it has now been revealed that several members of the GOP accepted money from a man named Leonard Blavatnik.
The Ukrainian billionaire, nicknamed “Len,” offered millions of dollars to multiple Republican senators and candidates who competed in the 2016 election. Perhaps the reason behind many prominent Republicans’ reluctance to condemn Trump’s defense of Putin is that they have secrets of their own to hide: A billionaire Russian oligarch has his hands hands shoved deep into their pockets.
One YouTube user addressed the recent allegations in a video:
The list of GOP members who have accepted money from Blavatnik includes prominent members of the Republican party, including Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich, John McCain, and the current president, Donald Trump. In total, these GOP members accepted 7.35 million dollars worth of contributions from Blavatnik. Blavatnik’s ties to Russia are all but subtle. He’s the business partner of two of Vladimir Putin’s favorite Russian oligarchs, and a Russian bank. Putin recently stated that he did not order meddling in the 2016 election.
Then, over the course of the campaign season, he offered 6.35 million dollars to a variety of senators and presidential candidates. Mitch McConnell accepted more contributions from the Russian oligarch than anyone else. According to Dallas News, McConnell accepted 2.5 million dollars from Blavatnik’s holding companies.
Mitch McConnell isn’t the only member of the GOP whose contributions from Blavatnik crossed into the 7-figure range. Ex-presidential candidate Marco Rubio accepted 1.5 million dollars, while Scott Walker collected 1.1 million. According to a report by Quartz, Trump accepted one million dollars from the Ukrainian as well. The contributions accepted by the other Republicans include Lindsay Graham’s collection of $800,000, John Kasich’s acquisition of $250,000, and John McCain’s collection of $200,000.
In the wake of the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, this revelation only exemplifies the significance of successfully identifying the role Russia played. Not only is this an issue impacting the Trump campaign, but the loyalty of more than half a dozen members of the GOP may now be in question. Why would these American politicians accepts hundreds of thousands, or in some cases, millions of dollars in contributions from a Russian oligarch? Thorough investigations must be completed in order to understand the magnitude of Russia’s influence on American politics.
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