November 5, 2016 11:00 pm -

A Trump super-PAC controlled by billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah have enriched Rudy Giuliani’s law firms to the tune of $563,000 in 2015 and 2016.

The PAC, originally called Keep the Promise 1, supported Ted Cruz before shifting to Donald Trump after he secured the Republican nomination this spring. It began paying Bracewell & Giuliani for legal and compliance services in June of 2015, making $336,495 in payments until February 14, 2016. It stopped using Bracewell a couple of weeks after Giuliani left the firm in January…


Also in May, on the 12th, the PAC retained Giuliani’s new firm, Greenberg & Traurig, initially paying $99,470 for legal and compliance services. In June, the PAC changed its name and aligned itself squarely with Trump. On its website, the group described itself as “supporting conservative principles, upholding the rule of law, and opposing ethically challenged candidates… It’s (sic) first special project entitled, ‘Defeat Crooked Hillary’, will shed light on what the Clinton’s (sic) want to keep in the dark.”

On July 22, the PAC paid Greenberg $9,698 for “legal consulting services.” That payment came the day after the Republican National Convention, which Giuliani spoke at and attended with his wife. If the payment had anything to do with covering the expenses of a convention speaker, that might well violate the federal guidelines — including operating independently of a campaign — that Giuliani’s firm was supposed to oversee as part of its compliance services.

Three payments in September and October tallied $118,340, also for “legal consulting services.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.