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STEALTH JEFF @drawandstrike
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OK let's take a quick look at the timeline here.

On Jan. 31, 2013, this notice appeared on the Fed. Prosecutor for NJ's website:

justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/woo…

One GREGORY CICCIONE was indicted for defrauding 17 charities out of more than $267,000 & causing $750,000 in losses.
From Oct. 2006 to April 2010, Ciccone approached 17 different charities & talked them into handing him $ to set up fund raising events where prizes he claimed he could deliver were raffled to donors.

When the charities had to give the $ back, they suffered $750k in losses.
As part of his punishment for having committed these crimes, Ciccone agreed to pay back the $267,000 he took from these charities in up front payments for prizes he never had the ability to deliver.

Now, how inept & dumb is this guy? With the FBI looking at him, he does THIS:
That's right, folks. AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED and while HE KNEW THE FBI WAS INVESTIGATING HIM FOR FINANCIALLY SCAMMING CHARITIES, he goes ahead and files a fraudulent tax return.
So how much time did this guy end up serving for stealing over a quarter of a million dollars from these 17 charities and causing them to sustain over $750k in losses?

3 years. Which he started serving in mid-2014.

nj.com/passaic-county…
3 years from mid-2014 is mid-2017. You know, like just last year. So Ciccone gets out of prison in mid-2017, just over a year ago.

What happens next?
SURPRISE!

Ciccone suddenly resurfaces in the middle of last year as the CEO of a cool new EVENT PLANNING company called "Platinum Enterprises"

linkedin.com/in/gregory-cic…
Well my goodness, isn't THAT fast work? Get out of prison in mid-year and then PRESTO CHANGO, ABRACADABRA! You're the owner of a new business.

Of course, just STARTING a new business doesn't mean you're making any money.

You gotta have CLIENTS.
Well golly gee, I wonder who Platinum Enterprises' biggest client is?

Well I'm being kind of sarcastic there because I already know.

In just over 1 year, Platinum Enterprises took in $60,000 from these guys:

magacoalition.com
The MAGA Coalition Super PAC gave Gregory Ciccone a combined $60,000 in 3 payments: two payments of $15,000 each and one $30,000 payment.

fec.gov/data/disbursem…
So let's sum up what we have so far, shall we? A convicted felon with a history of scamming orgs out of their donor's money gets out of prison for his last scam & in less than a full year The MAGA Coalition is handing him $60,000 of their donor's money.
THAT'S the timeline.

There is no conjecture in this thread. There is no speculation thus far. These are the facts.
Now, on the basis of these foundational FACTS I just laid out, I'm going to start giving OPINION.

So this is your demarcation line from fact finding to me giving my opinion.
The MOST charitable intepretation I can give the facts of the MAGA Coalition handing this guy $60,000 of their donor's money is that they didn't know he was a con man & they didn't closely examine the bills he presented to them to make sure he performed $60,000 worth of services
But after spending a year watching how Adam Gingrich & his Merry Crew go about doxxing people & attacking friends of mine, I'm not feeling very charitable towards them.
So here's my NOT-SO-charitable intepretation of these facts.

I've been following politics since the mid 1980's. I've seen just about every single political fund-raising scam in the book.
What the fake fundraising PACs do is, they find a shady vendor who will agree to overcharge them for services with the understanding that after the vendor takes an agreed upon cut, the rest of the money is returned under the table.
As far as the DONORS who gave their hard earned money know, their donations were spent by the PAC on legitimate expenses. In fact, little of the money was spent on real services, the rest of it was laundered under the table & now the PAC owners can do whatever they want with it.
This is how you wind up with absurd FEC filings from Tea Party PACs back a few years ago where they're claiming it cost $20,000 to build a single website. They simply disburse the money to the vendors in small payments so you won't notice what they're doing.
They pay out the money to a shady vendor at $2,500 a pop, only about $250 of actual work is done, the vendor takes a $250 cut for handing the money back. That's how the PAC gets $2,000 back with their fingerprints washed off of it.
So in my OPINION somebody at the MAGA Coalition went looking for a shady af vendor they could do some business with for some cool money laundering under the table.
Gingrich needs to understand something: the facts are out there. He can't stop them from staying out there. Doxxing people & trying to get them to shut up or whatever by reading out SSN#'s or tracking down old porn posts just shows how desperate he is to hide the facts.
The MAGA Coalition needs to explain to the PEOPLE THAT TRUSTED IT WITH THEIR MONEY how they ended up handing $60,000 of it to a known con man out of prison less than year who suddenly waves a magic wand and has an event planning company.
I'm not the issue here. I'm not the guy donors trusted with $280,000 of their hard earned money. I don't have any explaining to do.

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