Report: Obama’s DOJ funneled cash from settlements to special interest groups



A bombshell report published Tuesday by the Washington Free Beacon revealed that former President Obama’s Department of Justice had a unique way of getting rid of extra cash from settlement cases – they funneled it to left-leaning special interest groups “of their choosing.”


In August 2014, the Justice Department settled a case against Bank of America for $17 billion. Other settlements made in penalty cases against J.P Morgan Chase and Citigroup brought the total windfall of cash to $36.65 billion.
In some settlement cases, companies had to pay their penalties direct to nonprofits in the form of donations, instead of giving the money directly to the U.S. Treasury.
According to the Free Beacon report, documents and emails obtained showed that people within the Justice Department influenced where the “slush fund” money was routed to, and conservative groups were not on their list.
Nonprofits approved for donations included UnidosUS (previously known as the National Council of La Raza), NeighborWorks America, and the National urban League, all who support left-leaning community organizing groups.
The Free Beacon reported additional stunning details:
Leaders from outside groups also spoke to Peter Kadzik, the former assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, in March 2014 to push for making donations “mandatory in all future settlements,” the documents show.
Months later, the Justice Department announced the bank settlements would include mandatory donations to community groups. This would additionally offer enhanced credit for the donations.
“I’m sorry to be a pest. We keep tinkering with the settlement agreement and I want to make sure we are doing it right,” Elizabeth Taylor, then the principal deputy associate attorney general, wrote in a November 6, 2013 email. “Can you explain to Tony the best way to allocate some money to an organization of our choosing?” she later added, referring to Associate Attorney General Tony West. 

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