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Is Russian Money Funding Trump’s Defense Against Collusion Charges?
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Is Russian Money Funding Trump’s Defense Against Collusion Charges?

Alex Tausanovitch and James Lamond write about the depth of Russia's financial involvement in U.S. politics.

This article first appeared on Just Security.

Piece by piece, we continue to learn about Russia’s assault on the 2016 election: cyberattacks on voting systems in 39 states; troll farms that pushed divisive political messages to millions of viewers on social media; and likely involvement in the leaking of information to influence the outcome of the election, potentially including the information shared directly with Donald Trump Jr. by WikiLeaks.

Just this week, we’ve learned that the FBI is now looking into dozens of money transfers sent by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to its embassies across the globe, totaling more than $380,000 and bearing the subject line “to finance election campaign of 2016.”

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Authors

Alex Tausanovitch

Director, Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform

James Lamond

Fellow