Clare Bronfman tried to ‘curry favor’ from Hillary Clinton with illegal donations
Nxivm benefactor, Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman, illegally funneled donation money into Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, an ex-member of the abusive cult has testified.
The court heard on Monday that Bronfman tried to buy Hillary Clinton’s influence for the alleged sex trafficking cult by illegally raising money for HRC’s 2008 election run.
Bronfman far exceeded legal limits for contributions by funneling thousands of dollars into Clinton’s campaign coffers, in a bid to “curry favor” with the powerhouse political family, according to former cult member Mark Vicente.
Vicente is a documentary filmmaker and former member of the Nxivm group that is accused of sexually exploiting children, sex trafficking, and keeping women as sex slaves.
“Clare Bronfman approached other people and said she would like to make a campaign contribution but she couldn’t make it above a certain amount,” Vicente told Brooklyn federal court during his Monday testimony.
“I wrote a check. She paid me back.”
According to the New York Post, Vicente said the check was for somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000.
Individual contributions to federal campaigns were capped at $2,300 at the time.
Vicente could not recall whether the money went to Bill or Hillary Clinton but admitted “maybe it was her” when prosecutor Mark Lesko reminded him that Hillary ran for president that year.
“There was a strong desire to meet people within politics,” Vicente added.
Nxivm members and their families plunked down a total $29,000 for Hillary’s campaign that year, elections records showed at the time.
Bronfman used her fortune to fund Nxivm and the whims of its leader, Keith Raniere.
The multimillionaire heiress of Seagram liquor is accused of helping Raniere steal email passwords from “perceived enemies,” laundering money to help a non-citizen enter the US and paying off debts Raniere racked up on the credit card of a dead girlfriend.
She is also accused of recruiting and grooming young women to join a secret society within Nxivm called DOS which allegedly served as a harem for Raniere.
The 40-year-old heiress pleaded guilty last month to charges of conspiracy to conceal and harbor an illegal alien for financial gain, and fraudulent use of identification for her role in the cult.
Raniere has pleaded not guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy involving acts of child sexual exploitation and possession of child pornography.