Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort helped Ukraine party pay U.S. lobbyists

It’s clear now that Donald Trump is merely a pawn of Vladimir Putin and criminal Russian oligarchs.

Manafort helped a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine secretly funnel more than $2 million to two lobbying organizations in Washington, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Citing unidentified sources with knowledge of the effort, the AP reported that the $2.2 million in payments was concealed in order to mask the party’s efforts to influence U.S. lawmakers.

Lobbyists in the U.S. are required by law to register as foreign agents if they receive funding from other nations’ leaders.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Manafort’s name was found in a secret ledger in Ukraine, which listed more than $12 million in cash payments to the political operative, which he has since denied receiving.

Source: Report: Manafort helped Ukraine party pay U.S. lobbyists | TheHill