So, what exactly do we have here? Susan Collins, who has been a vocal opponent of President Trump, is now the subject of an FBI investigation, complete with search warrants?
Say it ain’t so…
Well, it is – and it is a huge deal – Sussan and her campaign could be in deep trouble if even any of these claims are valid and can be connected to them.
To begin with, all of this debacle was brought to light by a newly unsealed search warrant application involving Collins’ re-election campaign.
Collins and her staff are now involved in several very nefarious activities.
According to the FBI, a Hawaii defense contractor secretly funneled $150,000 to a pro-Collins super PAC and reimbursed Collins’ campaign contributions.
But there’s more to it than that.
According to an Axios study, the “huge scheme” to illegally fund Sen. Susan Collins’ 2020 re-election campaign also includes government contracts worth $8 million to the donor who funneled the money.
Doesn’t this sound like a “pay to play” scheme?
According to the Axios article, the FBI claims a Hawaii defense contractor secretly funneled $150,000 to a pro-Collins super PAC and reimbursed contributions to Collins’ campaign, according to a newly unsealed search warrant application. There is no evidence that Collins or her staff were aware of any of it at this point in the investigation.
But how could they not be, particularly after reading the following:
Before the majority of the contributions, Collins assisted the contractor in question, then known as Navatek and since renamed the Martin Defense Group, in securing an $8 million Navy contract.
Martin Kao, the former CEO of Navatek, was arrested last year for allegedly defrauding the federal government out of millions of dollars in coronavirus relief loans.
Of course, and not surprising at all, The Collins for Senator Campaign says they had absolutely no knowledge of anything alleged in the warrant,” Collins spokeswoman Annie Clark said in an emailed statement to Axios.
Uh-huh, sure bet.
According to federal prosecutors, Kao used a shell corporation to funnel $150,000 in Navatek funds to the 1820 PAC, a pro-Collins super PAC.
Why was this wealthy Hawaiian businessman so enthralled by a drab establishment RINO Senator from Maine?
I suppose $8 million contracts would pique people’s curiosity – and Susan’s name is all over it.
Kao and his wife, according to the FBI, set up a phony LLC called the Society for Young Women Scientists and Engineers. According to investigators, Navatek then wrote a $150,000 check to the LLC, which was then passed on to the super PAC.
This investigation appears to be heating up, and while we expect Collins officials to say “stupidity” and “ignorance” on the matter, we’ll have to wait and see how things play out as more information becomes available… But, on the surface, things don’t appear to be going well for the Maine RINO senator, particularly after she allegedly assisted the “bad guy” in obtaining a $8 million government contract.