Since taking office, liberal state attorney generals have asked that President Donald Trump be investigated multiple times for “collusion” with the Russian government to supposedly win the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.
And ironically, one of those very liberal attorney generals has been getting massive campaign donations from a international energy tycoon with direct ties Russian President Vladimir Putin.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has accepted more than $60,000 in small donations from Leonard Blavatnik, a Ukrainian-born energy billionaire with ties to Russian oligarchs, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation examination of the Democrat’s financial disclosure reports .
Blavatnik plowed $25,000 into Schneiderman’s political war chest in January of 2017 – his generous contribution was one of the largest individual donations given to the New York Democrat this year. Blavatnik had previously donated $38,000 to the anti-Trump lawman from 2011 to 2014.
Schneiderman’s office has not responded to TheDCNF’s request for comment in time for the publication of this article.
His fundraising efforts highlighted various legal challenges against the president have earned Schneiderman $1.7 million in contributions during the first half of this year, Politico reported in July. Schneiderman’s first half of contributions were consistent with the $1.6 million he reported in January.
Blavatnik has been involved in Russia’s oil industry for several years. One of his primary financial ventures, AAR, sold a 50 percent stake in energy company TNK, one of Russia’s largest oil companies, where Blavatnik served on the board of directors.
Russian oil company Rosneft eventually completed a $55 billion acquisition of TNK-BP. The U.S. leveled sanctions on the producer’s wealthy CEO, Igor Sechin. The sanctions foisted in 2014 were brought against the Russian oilman but not his company.
Schneiderman has made targeting Trump’s properties and his presidency the primary objective of for the New York attorneys general office going forward.
He has gone after energy companies and the president’s personal charities, including a fraud lawsuit in 2013 targeting the president’s real estate school: Trump University. He also joined some of his fellow attorneys general in challenging Trump’s temporary immigration ban and climate change reversal.
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