Donald Trump’s aide and former campaign chairman, Stephen F. Bannon, is at the center of an illegal payments allegation, less than 24 hours after his position in the Trump White House was announced.
Bannon is set to serve as Trump’s “chief strategist and senior counselor.”
Per The Daily Beast, Bannon received multiple payments from a pro-Trump super PAC just days before election day. Make America Number 1 paid $187,500 to Glittering Steel, Bannon’s film production company.
The Daily Beast notes that “sources familiar with the company” say that it is “essentially a front for Bannon.”
The Campaign Legal Center alleges in a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission that the super PAC paid Bannon so that the official Trump campaign would not have to pay for his expenses, an arrangement that if true would break federal campaign laws.
Make America Number 1 PAC was put together by billionaire Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager, and his daughter Rebekah Mercer. The two have emerged as one of the major funders of the right wing cause and its politicians.
In addition to this allegation, Bannon has been under fire from Democrats who have pointed out that while serving as the CEO of Breitbart.com, the site has become a hub for white nationalist materials, cranking out a stream of racist and sexist material in service of the conservative movement.