Steve Bannon Use Of Private Jets Has Been Linked To Chinese Businessman And Could Be In Violation Of Campaign Finance Laws

Yet another Trump pal about to bite the dust.

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When it comes to Donald Trump, I’m sure you’ve quickly come to realize that the depth of the corruption and scandal certainly isn’t limited to the president alone.

Now don’t get me wrong, Donald is a huge piece of garbage if ever there were one. And there’s absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that if you were to trace all the various avenues of deceit back to their originator, a good 90-plus percent of them would land in Donald Trump’s lap. But the fact of the matter is, he can’t do it alone.

Donald needs to surround himself with people who can do a good portion of his bidding for him — people like Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, and Steve Bannon — you know, people that are equally as corrupt as he is to ensure they won’t take any issue with enacting his schemes.

Take Steve Bannon as a perfect example of my point here.

Bannon previously served as Trump’s campaign CEO and chief strategist, and like many of those who were associated with Donald during his campaign days, his life of luxury and freedom seems as though it may soon be up. Shoutout to Michael Cohen and Roger Stone, amirite?

According to a new bombshell report from ProPublica, Bannon has been busted using a private jet that seems to be owned by a well-off Chinese businessman as his means of transportation around the country to campaign for more of Trump’s GOP sycophants he needs in office to continue to pull off his fuckery for another four years.

Spoiler alert: That’s illegal.

Campaign finance laws prohibit the use of foreign contributions in United States elections — and that includes private jets. Though, ProPublica did specify that certain criteria would have to be met to classify the use of the aircraft as a violation, which they’re not sure if Bannon met.

Specifically, it’s unknown as to whether or not Bannon paid for the use of the jet. However, the report does note that the aircraft’s owner, Guo Wengui, is a very vocal critic of the Chinese regime and has previously reported financial ties.

Brett Kappel, a government affairs partner at the Akerman law firm, spoke generally of the campaign finance laws, stating, “The foreign-national prohibition is the broadest prohibition in the Federal Election Campaign Act. It prohibits foreign nationals from making any contribution or donation in connection with any election in the United States. It also precludes foreign nationals from making in-kind contributions, such as paying for campaign-related travel.”

The above law also prohibits receiving this type of donation. ProPublica notes that, according to public jet charter rates, Bannon’s single, one-way trip between New York to New Mexico would be worth approximately $35,000.

To those still out there questioning the level of Donald Trump’s depravity, let me just say this — good people don’t surround themselves with bad people. And yet bad people seem to flock around Trump like white on rice. That speaks for itself, folks.

You can read the full report from ProPublica here.

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