Twitter personality, MSNBC regular and Democratic Coalition against Trump co-founder Scott Dworkin has led the effort to uncover alleged collusion — or what Dworkin now calls “collaboration” — between Vladimir Putin’s government and Donald Trump’s campaign and administration.
Dworkin, who has 279,000 Twitter followers and is a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” show hosted by Joy Reid, has a long resume and knows a lot of influential people.
Last February, Dworkin threatened Democratic opposition researcher Will Caskey with a lawsuit because Caskey questioned Dworkin’s social media requests for money to “research” Donald Trump.
Caskey responded with the Coalition’s FEC report from the time period.
After the threats of litigation last February, Caskey wrote a very useful Medium article explaining how Super PACs operate. Dworkin’s Super PAC, The Democratic Coalition Against Trump, raised more than $221,000 in 2017 according to FEC filings.
One would think, given the name of the organization, that the Coalition would spend this money opposing Donald J. Trump.
During the second quarter of 2017, the Coalition paid Dworkin’s for-profit consulting firm, Bulldog Finance Group, a total of $22,500. The organization’s mid-year report to the FEC also showed payments of $11,500 to FWD Communications, a business operated by Jarad Geldner, who is identified as “Senior Advisor” on the Coalition’s website.
The organization rents office space at a Green Desk location in Brooklyn for $1,300 a month and appears to pay its Executive Director Nathan Lerner $2,750 bi-monthly. Next Level Digital, a company owned by Chuck Westover, a “Senior Advisor” to the Coalition, received $11,670.11.
Total payments made to the four men and to Dworkin’s Bulldog Finance Group come to more than $180,000 over a twelve month period. That’s more than 80 percent of what Dworkin’s SuperPAC raised in 2017.
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump advertises for interns on its website and via college and university blogs. The internships are unpaid, although an unnamed “stipend” is offered to “campaign associates” willing to work at least 20 hours a week. “National Fundraising Director” Demitri Dawson received one payment for $398.31 on the Coalition’s second quarter 2017 report.
For the second quarter of 2017 alone, more than 140 people donated to the Coalition, in amounts ranging from a few dollars up to $10,000. Among them were nurses, homemakers, retirees, artists, writers, investment advisers and members of local government commissions.
With some Super PACs raising tens of millions of dollars, the $229,000 raised by Dworkin’s organization seems like small change.
Just like The Democratic Coalition Against Trump’s 2017 media footprint. Between June and December, @Funder produced no news articles. The June news article in the image below ran at Breitbart.
The much-advertised billboard slamming California member of Congress Devin Nunes cost Dworkin’s organization $1,917 — less than 1 percent of its revenue. It’s the only identifiable non-salary or overhead expenditure directly related to “opposing Trump” on the Super PAC’s mid-year 2017 report.
The cost of the Democratic Coalition’s website dedicated to impeaching Trump, boycotting Trump and hosting “Artists Against Trump” cost — well, see for yourself.
As Will Caskey pointed out in February, even the most ridiculously false statements made by Super PACs are considered protected speech and protected against lawsuits or punishment by court rulings.
Dworkin’s Twitter bio prominently states he “helped uncover the Trump-Russia scandal” and Dworkin regularly makes ridiculous claims on MSNBC and social media. No matter how much you hate or fear Donald Trump, no one should contribute to Dworkin’s Super PAC and if you do, at least know that your money won’t be primarily used to impeach him.
Indeed, impeachment would be bad news for Dworkin because it would bring an end to the Russiagate gravy train that has been a steady source of income for him and his friends. @Funder paid himself $57,000 during the first quarter of 2017 to “Fight Trump.” He doesn’t need any more of your money to maintain his toxic Twitter feed.