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Firm donates $1 million to pro-Romney PAC, then disappears

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Big donors have found yet another way to anonymously funnel obscene amounts of money to political candidates.

Restore Our Future, a Super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, received $1 million from W Spann LLC, one of the biggest donations of the 2012 campaign season so far. Months later, the firm dissolved, leaving few clues to the true identity of the donors.

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New reporting from NBC’s Michael Isikoff sheds some light on the mysterious corporation.

The company was founded on March 15, donated to the Super PAC on April 28, and then closed shop on July 12. Corporate records show it was founded by Boston estate tax planning lawyer Cameron Casey, but the owners were not disclosed. The midtown Manhattan office building where the company was supposedly located has no record of the tenant.

According to Casey’s bio, she “develops wealth transfer strategies for private clients” and “provides comprehensive estate planning advice to high-net-worth individuals.”

“What you have here is a roadmap for how people can hide their identities” for the purposes of making political donations, former Federal Election Commission general counsel Lawrence Noble told Isikoff. “There is a real issue of it being just a subterfuge.”

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Last year, the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling paved the way for corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to Super PACs or other political advocacy. While Super PACs must remain independent from candidates, Romney has blurred the lines by speaking a private dinner for Restore our Future donors last month.

“This is an independent effort focused on getting Romney elected president,” Restore our Future campaign treasurer Charles Spies later told The Washington Post. Spies had previously worked as counsel to Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign.

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‘Get over it’: Trump’s chief of staff reveals Ukraine quid pro quo — but insists it’s just ‘politics’ as usual

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White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney admitted that President Donald Trump held up Ukraine aid to pressure the country to investigate a conspiracy theory.

Mulvaney, who is also the White House budget director, told reporters Thursday that Trump's desire to investigate his belief that a DNC computer server was hidden in Ukraine was part of the reason congressionally approved military aid was held up.

However, he insisted that did not represent a quid pro quo arrangement.

"We do that all the time, get over it," Mulvaney said. "Politics is going to be involved in foreign policy, elections do have consequences."

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Trump chief of staff announces G7 will be held at Trump’s golf course

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President Donald Trump will have next year's G7 meeting at his own golf course in Doral, Florida, chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday.

In announcing that the G7 meeting will be held at the Trump National Doral Miami, Mulvaney insisted that the president will not personally profit from holding the meeting there and claimed that it was simply the "best" place to hold the summit.

Mulvaney deflected reporters' questions about using the G7 summit to boost the golf resort's brand name by saying that the Trump brand name is already widely known throughout the world and doesn't need a G7 meeting to make it stronger.

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Trump EU ambassador’s testimony was loaded with ‘extra-damning’ omissions: NYU Law professor

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Ryan Goodman, a professor at New York University School of Law, believes that Trump-appointed European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland's prepared testimony before Congress featured several omissions of events that he believes will lead investigators to damaging evidence against President Donald Trump.

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