Emails show Herschel Walker nicked billionaire Dennis Washington for $500K (copy)
MISSOULA — Republican political candidate Herschel Walker may have scammed a Montana-based billionaire out of more than $500,000 in improper campaign contributions.
Walker, who lost a bid for a Georgia Senate seat last fall, solicited $700,000 from Dennis Washington in March 2022, saying it was for a political campaign contribution, The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday. Emails obtained by The Daily Beast showed that Washington electronically transferred $535,200 under the assumption that it was for Walker’s campaign. However, the money went to Walker’s personal company, HR Talent LLC, and reportedly wasn’t ever disclosed on financial statements.
Federal law prohibits using campaign donations for personal use, and limits the amounts donors can give to candidates for campaigns.
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Campaign finance experts consulted by The Daily Beast called the scheme “so brazen that it appears to defy explanation, ranking it among the most egregious campaign finance violations in modern history.”
“The Washington organization has no comment other than to clarify that upon discovering that a certain portion of the political contributions went to a non-political account, the Washingtons immediately requested and received a full refund of such funds,” Washington Companies Director of Government