It may be 2013 on the calendar but based on several news sources everyone is looking back to the presidential race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton after a secret campaign effort from then made court news on Sept. 12, according to a report from the HeraldNet.
When Obama pulled ahead in the polls in '08, it is alleged that a campaign official for Hillary Clinton gave the green light to a former city contractor and a New York City marketing executive to get-out-the-vote for Clinton in Texas and three other states, where minority voters were being sought to even her odds.
At issue is that the two men allegedly did so with money that was not reported to the Federal Election Commission, as campaign finance law dictates. Otherwise, it would be business as usual.
Court documents don't specifically name the Clinton official responsible for the alleged misconduct which threatened then-Senator Obama's presidential bid, but those with knowledge of this case have pointed the finger at two people: Guy Cecil, Hillary's national and political field director, and Minyon Moore, a longtime Clinton adviser.
The court documents alleged that one Clinton official turned down the overture by Troy White when the marketing executive behind Wytehouse Marketing first approached the campaign with an offer to put people on the street in Texas and three other states in order to motivate minority voters on behalf of Clinton.
Documents also reveal that despite that refusal for help, Clinton official Minyon Moore emailed her support of the idea, going so far as to write to both Guy Cecil and Tory White that "I am piping up saying we need your services." And she went on to add,
Let's find some money. I will fight for it."
Moore would later introduce White to Jeffrey Thompson, who also happens to have allegedly funded a secret campaign for another Democrat in 2010, which came under investigation.
According to emails, Moore's introduction of White to Thompson, who is the former city contractor from New York currently under investigation for city corruption, then led to Thompson giving White more than half a million dollars to fund his "get out the vote" efforts for Hillary.
But neither man reported the $608,000 spending to the FEC, even though it was used to pay field and street workers to put up posters, stickers and yard signs for the presidential candidate.
News reports reveal White pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor tax charge for failing to file income tax statements from 2007 to 2010, when he would have received the payments from Thompson. If he had filed during years he received the undisclosed funding, and he had not reported it, then he would be looking at a lot harsher legal consequence now.
The revelations about his involvement in the secret 2008 campaign efforts with Thompson has helped authorities anyway, who feel Thompson has allegedly been attempting to use his financial funds to influence campaign elections around the nation for awhile, including in 2010, with Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray.
Currently, Jeffrey Thompson is the subject of a grand jury investigation, and the former city contractor isn't talking to the press about the matter.
With Hillary Clinton expected to make a run for the White House again in 2016, the matter of whether she was aware of campaign finance misconduct by those seeking to get her elected is at the forefront of political conversations today.
But the Washington Times reported on Thursday that during a Sept. 11 speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Clinton was heckled over Benghazi, not campaign finance corruption. It was the one-year anniversary of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and at least one person has not forgotten the promise she made to investigate and bring to justice the guilty parties. So it might not be campaign corruption that stalls the Clinton 2016 presidential bid; it might be her service record since then.