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*DO NOT* give your money to the fake MAGA PAC's out there. Give directly to the candidates or to the official campaign orgs. listed here.

Remember, a certain PAC out there with the words "MAGA" and "Coalition" in it's name siphoned off a cool quarter of a million dollars to hold vanity events where people gave speeches while they handed $60,000 of their donors money to a convicted grifter who defrauded charities.
THIS time around as we gear up for 2020 & Trump's crucial reelection campaign, let's make every dollar count.

Give your money directly to MAGA candidates or to the official campaign fundraising organizations.
The Tea Party got looted blind, I watched it happen.

In 2010 the grifters were caught flat footed, they missed the wave of Tea Party $$$ but they VOWED that wouldn't happen again, and by 2012 they were ready to catch the wave with their fake Tea Party PACS.
Trump is aware there are a LOT of fake MAGA PACs out there and he is putting the word out that people need to be CAREFUL where they donate their money.

Most PACs only pass on around 10%, if that, to candidates running for office. The rest goes for salaries, travel, etc.
If you look at a PAC's internals and over 90% of their donations go for salaries, travel, fundraising advertising, hotel stays, and waaaay down there at the bottom you find they finally get around to passing about 10% on to candidates running for office, what does that tell you?

This was announced today. Notice the names of the fake PACs this guy made. He was playing BOTH SIDES.

This ONE GUY managed to siphon off over $500,000 from that 2016 election cycle. How many didn't get caught like he did?

He tranferred the money to fake LLC's that had been set up. Those are fake front businesses.
Here's how the scam works:

You sell your donors on JUST HOW AWESOME your political acumen is, how EFFECTIVE your PAC is at gettin' the right people elected to office or lobbying present lawmakers to do awesome stuff.

Once you've got the sucker's $ you set up a fake LLC.
Let's say you hold a series of vanity events where you pay speakers to come brag how awesome your PAC is, etc. etc. You spent about $3,000 on the actual catering then bill the catering for that event to a fake LLC for $30,000.

You then KICK BACK the $27,000 to yourself.
Now when you file with the FEC, your financial disclosure will show "$30,000 for catering XYZ event" that went to an 'event planner/caterer'.

If somebody else helpfully set up a fake LLC & offers to let you use it as a front, they take a cut & then kick back the rest of the $.
For years fake PACs got away with claiming their vanity events were super-duper expensive & then using fake LLC's as 'vendors' who were kicking $ back to them under the table.

They inflate everything. Like $20,000 in $1,000 installments to build a website, etc.
Not nearly enough people went to prison for enacting this kind of fraud.

Trump is clearly sounding an alarm and this guy in TX going to prison for a few years should send a definite message to the grifters out there:

They are coming for you. You'd best STOP NOW.
Dumbasses like this Prall guy in Austin don't realize how much of an extensive paper trial they leave when somebody investigates this kind of fraud.

He *had* to plead guilty, they had all the documentary evidence of what he did. If he'd fought it and it'd gone to trial....
...he'd have ended up doing 2x or 3x the prison sentence he'd get if he did the plea deal.

Just something for the grifters out there to keep in mind.

ADDENDUM: Here's an overview of what people can expect to happen to them when they get caught defrauding their donors out of their $ using mail/wire/internet services:

I fully expect to see more fake PACs - especially fake MAGA PAC's - exposed in the runup to 2020.

Smart grifters would stop now. Dumb ones will tell themselves "Well I've gotten away with it so far, so...."

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