March 26, 2019
Embattled Democratic lawyer Michael Avenatti, who on Monday was arrested for an extortion plot involving Nike and was separately alleged to embezzle client money while falsifying tax returns, appears to have used a political action committee that he established to help liberal candidates as a personal slush fund, Federal Election Commission filings show.
Avenatti launched his PAC, the Fight PAC, last summer as he was contemplating a presidential run to help Democratic candidates with “the size and presence to really fight back and advocate for a position of strength as opposed to weakness.”
From the committee’s launch in late August 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018, Avenatti’s PAC hauled in $113,000 in total contributions. During this time, the Fight PAC reported $101,000 worth of operating expenditures—much of which were reimbursements for Avenatti’s jet-setting ways and stays at lavish hotels.
Avenatti reimbursed himself $31,776.78 last October for the likes of food, beverage, lodging, and transportation through three separate transfers, filings show. The amount Avenatti spent so far this year is not yet known, as FEC filings for the first quarter are not due until April 20.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:45 am