REVEALED: Andrew McCabe’s GoFundMe Campaign Was Run By Ex-Obama Official’s K Street Firm
A new report shows fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s GoFundMe campaign was run by a K Street firm owned by a former Obama official.
Law & Crime reports:
Was this apparent “grassroots effort” actually a PR campaign put together by high-priced, well-connected, and experienced PR professionals in order to take advantage of the #Resistance’s seething anger at the Trump administration? A Monday report in Slate suggested as much. Law&Crime can now confirm that some of those allegations are true, while some of them appear to oversell the issues at hand. […]
Melissa Schwartz is a crisis and communications consultant who currently works for The Bromwich Group. After previously working for then-Senator Barbara Mikulski, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (where she served under her once-and-future boss), Schwartz joined The Bromwich Group as their chief operating officer in 2012. She’s also McCabe’s present spokesperson.
The Bromwich Group is a K Street consulting and PR firm headed by Michael R. Bromwich. Immediately prior to founding the firm, Bromwich served as the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management under President Barack Obama.
The campaign, which has raised $554,520, ceased taking donations on April 2nd.
In response to the outpour of support, McCabe issued the following statement:
“The outpouring of support on GoFundMe has been simply overwhelming and has led to contributions that have left us stunned and extraordinarily grateful. The GoFundMe campaign began organically, with generous people spontaneously giving to accounts that others had set up. I never imagined that I would need to rely on this type of assistance. The fact is that if I am going to continue taking a stand against the unfair way I have been treated, I will need the help of a talented and courageous team behind me,” the statement read.
“Hopefully our efforts, fueled by your incredible support, will encourage others to stand up for themselves, and the truth, as well. It is not lost on me that each contribution reflects not just someone’s well wishes, but also their acknowledgement that something in this situation is not fair or just. We wish to thank every donor from the bottom of our hearts for your support.”
Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials.
“Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions,” Sessions said in a statement.
According to The New York Times and Washington Post, Inspector General Michael Horowitz is set to accuse McCabe of not only leaking to the media but then misleading the Justice Department about it.
The New York Times reported:
A Justice Department review is expected to criticize the former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, for authorizing the disclosure of information about a continuing investigation to journalists, according to four people familiar with the inquiry.
The disgraced FBI official reportedly authorized a leak to the Wall Street Journal, leading to an October 2016 article revealing an internal dispute between FBI and Justice Department officials about how to handle the Clinton email investigation after discovering classified emails on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop.