David Bossie has devoted his career to bringing down the Clintons—and Donald Trump just hired him to help run his campaign.
There's no one in Washington (and perhaps the world) with a more encyclopedic knowledge of every Clinton scandal and conspiracy theory. Bossie, who will serve as Trump's deputy campaign manager, first made a name for himself during Bill Clinton's presidency, when he served as the chief investigator for the House committee that probed the Whitewater scandal and numerous other alleged Clinton misdeeds. Bossie was eventually fired from the committee for his overzealousness, and he went on to run a conservative nonprofit group called Citizens United, where he continued to amass an enormous opposition research file on the Clintons. Now Trump has finally given him a platform to launch his assault....
WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump once denounced his Republican primary opponents as being “totally in cahoots” with the unlimited-money super PACs supporting their campaigns. But that was then, and this is now. This week, Trump announced he hired the man whose activism literally led to the creation of super PACs, and whose most recent gig was leading a pro-Trump super PAC.
That man is David Bossie. The longtime head of the conservative nonprofit Citizens United is now Trump’s deputy campaign manager. Yes, that Citizens United.
The conservative nonprofit group filed a lawsuit in 2007 against the Federal Election Commission. The case eventually snowballed into a 2010 Supreme Court decision that legalized unlimited corporate and union spending in elections, so long as it remained independent from candidates and political parties. A subsequent lower court decision based entirely on the Citizens United ruling opened the door to unlimited giving by wealthy individuals and, in turn, the FEC created super PACs to allow for this money to flow.
Trump was once the candidate who denounced big money and declared his independence from donor influence through his self-financing. Now, he’s schmoozing with big donors and asking for their advice as he prods them for money, while employing supporters of further campaign finance deregulation.