The backstory of Fusion GPS and Clinton World

March 14, 2018

We know quite a bit now about the role Fusion GPS played in getting that “dossier” put together by Christopher Steele and Clinton goon Sidney Blumenthal. Paid by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign through law firm Perkins Coie, Fusion GPS took its usual role of digging up dirt on political opponents (admittedly they had worked for some Republican politicians, too) to a whole new low, resulting in a work of fiction used to justify spying on American citizens who just happened to be associated with the Trump campaign. But how did the henchmen-for-hire at Fusion GPS come to be associated with the Hillary camp in the first place? Surely they didn’t just come out of nowhere. In the political world, alliances tend to go back many years --- especially with the Clintons.

Well, it turns out there’s a backstory --- one that involves largely the same cast of characters, then aligned with the 2012 Obama For America campaign. It appears to have involved the same tactics used by the IRS to target the Tea Party.


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A new book, “RUSSIAN ROULETTE: The Inside Story Of Putin’s War On America And Donald Trump’s Election” by Michael Isikoff (who is himself a part of this story) and David Corn, alleges that in 2012, Obama For America hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Mitt Romney. To hide the payment, Obama went through the law firm Perkins Coie, just as Hillary would later do; FEC records show $972,000 paid by OAF to Perkins Coie. Apparently, Mitt’s supporters were targeted as well.

Obama had actually posted an “enemies list” on his website, under the title –- get ready to laugh –- “Keeping the GOP Honest,” containing the names of eight big-time Romney donors, including Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot, who had contributed to a pro-Romney SuperPAC. Kim Strassel wrote about the list in April 2012 for the Wall Street Journal, saying that the idea was to publicly shame Romney supporters for “betting against America” and to trash them as “less-than-reputable.” A new article appearing on PJ Media by Debra Heine quotes her at her most insightful: “The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you) is clear: You made a mistake in donating that money.”


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That definitely was the message, as VanderSloot started getting punished right away. The listing had labeled him, falsely, “a bitter foe of the gay rights movement,” and he claimed at the time to have lost a couple hundred customers as a result.

But that was just the beginning. Within two weeks of having his name appear on that list, VanderSloot discovered that an investigator was going through his divorce records at the Idaho Falls county clerk’s office. And this is where we first hear the name Fusion GPS; that dirt-digging sleuth turned out to be working for them. Back then, the name wouldn’t have rung any bells, at least not the huge clanging ones it rings now. Today, it is a name that will live in infamy.

The punishment continued. In June of that year, VanderSloot got a letter from the IRS saying his tax records for two years had been “selected for examination.” He can’t prove a direct connection –- Lois Lerner, who pleaded the Fifth in a similar case involving Tea Party groups, is now retired and enjoying her pension –- but he had not been audited before this.


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Two weeks later, he received notice of another audit from the Department of Labor concerning the agricultural workers employed on his Idaho cattle ranch. For being on that list, he took the hits, and the hits just kept on coming. READ MORE

We’re learning more all the time about the “dossier” and those within the State Department who passed it around. It’s getting so complicated that the bulletin board on the wall of my den (figuratively speaking) is starting to look like Carrie Mathison’s on HOMELAND --- after she’s gone off her meds.

Remember Victoria Nuland from the Obama State Department? She’s known to be one of the people at State who got a copy of the two-page dossier summary and had previously encouraged the “useful” working relationship with Christopher Steele. Now, follow me: Nuland had been chief of staff for Strobe Talbot, Deputy Secretary of State under Bill Clinton AND brother-in-law of Cody Shearer, the sleazy Clinton crony who worked with other sleazy Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal, both of whom were involved in feeding information to Christopher Steele for the dossier! Something tells me this backstory still has way more connections than we currently know.

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  • Myvoice

    03/19/2018 12:58 PM

    Got your reference Amelia. I agree, yet another frustration!! RINOS. President Trump has exposed everyone alike; just by trying to push the ball forward.

    BTW, it seems there is a common theme in many of our posts here; we are frustrated and extremely angry that nothing is being done about all of the actual corruption and crimes that are now public knowledge. Those of HRC, Obama Admin, (Clapper, Brennan, Powers and more), DNC; DWS, the Pakistani IT Firm that infiltrated servers, destroyed servers and hard drives, and exported tons of data out of DNC servers; Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for denying access to tax-payer computers by the Capital Police; paying for a fake Dossier on candidate Trump, and on and on; FBI (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page). All the while, watching MSM and dishonest dems go after the President 24/7. It's unreal, upsetting, and disheartening all at the same time. Sometimes, you have to step away because it starts to creep into your everyday life.

  • George Cooper

    03/16/2018 03:02 PM

    I agree with you 100%; however, will anyone listen? The mainstream new media is so liberally extreme that nothing of truth ever gets through. I credit you with your grassroots efforts to change things. I hope they work, and I hope they work in the Fall. If they don't, we're in trouble (is Pa. what we can expect in the Fall?).

  • Sondra Huber

    03/16/2018 02:44 PM

    I whole heartedly agree with Amelia. I seriously doubt that any of them will ever be made accountable unless we stand up together and say enough! [to both sides of the aisle]. when are people going to vote for the person running and not for a political party [even if it's a blade of grass as long as it's their party"] Of course it's a given that the biggest part of them will tell us anything to get elected, they want to get in on the "gravy train". President Trump is the only Politician I know of that's working for nothing,and he's fighting a battle practically on his own. It makes one wonder whose "pockets"the rest of them are in. They're only worried about their "gravy trains" and not this country and what it was built on. Our President needs all the support he can get and we can do that come election day! We need to put people in office that are going to help him not fight him.

  • Nellie Williams

    03/15/2018 08:02 PM

    This is horrible, can anything be done about this?

  • Al Dunnegan

    03/15/2018 07:44 PM

    I read them and find your commentary well written and informative. You eliminate the clutter (or BS) and tell it like it is. Thank you Mike Huckabee

  • Howard Nolte

    03/15/2018 03:21 PM

    To Mike,
    Thanks for all the research you & your staff are doing;. Do you think y-all will ever get to the Bottom of this "Deep State"? This must be even deeper than the Pacific Trench off the Japanese Islands.
    Please keep up the good work, and pray the Lord that we will survive the 'Experiment in Democracy' that He has blessed us with! We DO really need to Trust the Lord, but will He tolerate the sins of our country for much longer?

  • Amelia Little

    03/15/2018 01:59 PM

    All of this has been coming out for months--it seems, except for indicting Manafort and Page for things that, even if true, happened before they were in on the Trump campaign--that more and more is coming out about the crimes of democrats (all the way to the top-Obama) but nothing seems to be done about these crimes. In fact, if the special counsel and msm had their way, I'm betting we wouldn't even know about the dossier, Fusion and all its participants, and all the other things coming out. I agree with others--when are any of these, especially high ranking FBI, DOJ officials, obama, hilary, etc--going to be held accountable? How many regular citizens would be able to get away with lerner's tactics? How many that would take the 5th would not only not face jail time, but who could retire with full pension? It doesn't happen that way with us "little people" especially if we are included in the "deplarable" group because of our political beliefs. And, IF their feet are held to the fire, what would be the consequences? Any prison time? Also, to MyVoice, unfortunately, there are RINO politicians in congress who are just as bad as any Democrat who are standing in the way of the Trump administration's getting the job done that Trump was elected to do. And, how many RINOs were also elected or re-elected on campaign promises they used only for election, but don't seem to remember WHY they were elected.

  • tom jeffs

    03/15/2018 01:22 PM

    wouldn't it be a whole more efficient to build the wall on the southern border - - - - - - - of MEXICO ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    illegal aliens are outlawed there and so they'll police the wall effectively - - - - - - -

    that way the illegals won't get to the southern border of the USA - - - - - - -

    and we'll only have to deal with the remaining illegals who'll only be from Mexico - - - - - - -

  • stephen citron

    03/15/2018 01:13 PM

    Mike...I as a worried American, am just disgusted with our government, and almost ALL who are in it. Of course since I am in "Kommifornia", the land of fruits and nuts, I am stifled by ULTRA-left politics, and oppressive state and local taxes, fees, and harassment, when I speak my mind. Yes, I even live in Los Angeles County, which like the Sodom and Gommorah of the central coast, San Francisco, is making our lives miserable by oppressive new tax, and rules/laws.

    HOW do we fight the left,who cheat, steal, lie, and then no responsibility is taken?

  • teresa dickerson

    03/15/2018 12:45 PM

    with all the dirt they have on Clintons, both of them, why haven't they locked them up and throw away the key? Trump has the power-he should do it. They wouldn't hesitate to do it to him and torture him. These people gotta go now, Clintons, Obamas,Schumer, Biden , Kerry, Mccain,Graham, Pelozi, Warren, Waters and many more. George Soros should be hung on national tv with his crazy sons for murder and treason, he has done both, so have some of the rest.

  • Valerie Ripma

    03/15/2018 12:29 PM

    My question is. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT IT??????????????????when?i AM SO SICK OF HEARING ABOUT WHAT THEY'VE DONE AND NOBODY IS CALLED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE.

  • Michelle Henderson

    03/15/2018 12:18 PM

    I'm a fan Mike! ( . . .and have been since you ran for President the first time. It was the first time i actually liked a candidate and agreed with almost all of what they ran on, instead of feeling like i had to pick the lesser of two evils. ) So amazing all that is coming to light regarding Hilary and Obama. My ongoing prayer is for more light , more truth, more Jesus, so that those LOST in the darkness will find their way out of all their troubles and those who hate the light and unfortunately will persist in their deeds of darkness, will be exposed. The light/ truth doesn't change, just people's reaction to it. . . .And I pray there will be many good surprises like Chuck Coleson, who appear to be in the thick of it, but leave the kingdom of darkness and enter the kingdom of light. For there but the grace of God go I. -- Michelle Henderson

  • LORI ANN REGO

    03/15/2018 12:17 PM

    GOV. HUCKABEE THE ONLY REASON I KNOW OF STEVE HAWKINS IS FROM THE BIG BANG THEORY. I DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS A REAL PERSON. I JUST THOUGHT ON THE SHOW HE WAS A MADE UP CHARACTER ON THE SHOW.

  • Michelle Henderson

    03/15/2018 12:15 PM

    I'm a fan Mike! ( . . .and have been since you ran for President the first time. It was the first time i actually liked a candidate and agreed with almost all of what they ran on, instead of feeling like i had to pick the lesser of two evils. ) So amazing all that is coming to light regarding Hilary and Obama. My ongoing prayer is for more light , more truth, more Jesus, so that those LOST in the darkness will find their way out of all their troubles and those who hate the light and unfortunately will persist in their deeds of darkness, will be exposed. The light/ truth doesn't change, just people's reaction to it. . . .And I pray there will be many good surprises like Chuck Coleson, who appear to be in the thick of it, but leave the kingdom of darkness and enter the kingdom of light. For there but the grace of God go I. -- Michelle Henderson

  • Judy Nolte

    03/15/2018 11:52 AM

    I have a Democratic friend that is a "Staunch" Hillary fan. She refuses to listen to or believe anything negative about Hillary. I believe that most Democratics will "pooh pooh" this information and call it "Fake News". Of course most of the major news networks are not and will not be reporting any of this and that makes me very sad. I truly wish the American people would "Wake Up" and take action to stop the corruption that is very much alive in the USA.

  • Janice Roberts

    03/15/2018 11:44 AM

    I appreciate your column! I also like listening to Sarah! God bless you and your family! I am praying everyday for our country and Pres. Trump and Vice President Pence! Please see if you can get someone to fix our electric grid to prevent an EMP attack. Thank you for being a man of faith and common sense!


  • Nick Nichols

    03/15/2018 11:36 AM

    Along with yourself, Sean Hannity and a host of others, it's not clear to me why, in spite of the evidence and the reporting, that (seemingly) nothing is done to bring people to justice. I applaud the effort to bring these things out in the open but at what point will we get to really enjoy the LOCK HER UP chant? Just asking. (I know you don't know but I imagine I may not be the only one experiencing this frustration).

  • Marie de Putron

    03/15/2018 11:33 AM

    What can we do about the underhanded tactics the Dems do?

  • Myvoice

    03/15/2018 11:17 AM

    I'm sure, like many others that read these stories, a common question is on our lips, "Who is looking out for us?" The facts and information that keep rolling out are so tragic to the core, and more and more of them keep popping up. They run deep, with the same characters ducking and dodging like it's their job. One common theme seems to be that the bad actors are from, or protecting, the democratic party in our country. A political party that, in my opinion, has become utterly corrupt and violent. The question, "Who is looking out for us?" stands. Bill O'Reilly wrote a book asking, "Who is looking out for you?" but look what happened to him.
    It appears President Trump is interested in calling out and going after the evil doers, but he has been preemptively handcuffed by the very regime that he rightly calls out. For the entire first year of his Presidency, he has borne the burden of accusations of the very thing it appears they did. Their strategy was and is to just hoist these heavy accusations of Russia ties upon him, and let the liberal press echo it until he can no longer stand against it. It's hard to play offense without much support while defenders are silenced. This needs to stop. Who is looking out for us? I guess you are Mike, by pointing out these facts and the back story information. It just seems that rather than this information getting echoed in the media to the point of mandated prosecution, they just fizzle out.

    Who will look out for Americans that seek to protect their liberty and that still believe in goodness, and honesty? Who will go after the Clinton organization and follow the crumbs that lead to through the DNC, and the Obama Administration? Is it our Attorney General, Jeff Sessions? It doesn't appear he is all too interested in doing anything, at least to this point. He seems to be feckless. Is it our FBI? The very organization that we rely on for such things? Nope. The FBI appears to be in this mess up to their eyeballs; covering for their friends and covering up evidence as fast as they can. The entire DOJ appears to be unable to do anything; or let me rephrase, unwilling to do anything.

    Now, there is very high risk that the Democratic Party will yet again, take over our Senate, leaving the House and the President, impotent, and unable to accomplish anything. Should that occur, I see many GOP legislators giving up because they more than likely have PTSD from working so hard to produce bills and budgets that only ended up DOA on Harry Reid's desk. It’s a strange affair to work so hard, like Paul Ryan and many others did, for so many years, for nothing.

    I'm deeply concerned. But even worse, I fear, for the first time in my life, that America is being corrupted from within. I do feel that the election of President Trump gives hope, but he is one man against what appears to be a powerful foe that includes the entire DNC, the Media, and lurkers within. We need a champion to head the DOJ. One that will fight to dig up this corruption by its roots and rid us of it. Who can that be?

  • Marlene Boyd

    03/15/2018 11:08 AM

    We know so much and the bad actors are never prosecuted.

  • Sheran Ashby

    03/15/2018 10:54 AM

    The depth of deception, greed, corruption and immorality of the Obama/Clinton circles and our own federal agencies is astounding. Will anyone within the GOP have the bravado to actually file some charges and prosecute them? In my humble opinion, when all of these characters start paying a price, then and only then will Americans start to actually have some faith in our elected officials.

  • Cecil Bush

    03/15/2018 10:53 AM

    The evidence is as plain as the nose on your face, but again, NOTHING will ever happen to these people. Nothing. NADA. zilch. The sleazebags will prevail. You watch.

  • Carol D. Gaglione

    03/15/2018 10:52 AM

    Oh, Gov.Huckabee, who do we believe any more? I do believe you and we watch Fox News for what we believe is the truth. But we Americans (especially us seniors who lived in a better time when our values were respected) are getting crazy with all that our govt has become. We voted for Pres. Trump and we have "sung his praises" ever since. My husband becomes unhinged whenever he watched Fox News. ( He should just stick to football.) Our world is in a mess and God is all we can trust. I truly believe if we could somehow put an end to abortion, God would help us more and there would be more peace in the world. I'm glad I'm OLD!

  • Claude Blanchard

    03/15/2018 10:42 AM

    Keep exposing the use of our government to spy and audit for political reasons. Thanks

  • Keith Carrico

    03/15/2018 10:31 AM

    The unfortunate fact at the end of the day is , no one will do anything about the unlawful actions of the former “Criminal in Chief” or anyone else like the Clintons. There are two things. 1) No matter what dirt is unearthed specific to the “Idiot Left”, their progressive machine of insanity continues to roll over the U.S. Constitution, fueled with the sociopathic politics that insights the “it’s because I’m black” play and the USG or “unnatural sexes group” (better know as the LGBTQ community). Quick side note: let’s not get bent over the “unnatural” adjective. It’s just science people. Whether you believe in The True God and Creator or subscribe to Darwinism, there are only two biological sexes. Anything else is just mental. 2a) Our conservative right representation in D.C. is in league with the left in that they have their little political game going on and like it just the way it is. Disagree? Senate Rule #22 is the evidence. It’s why nothing ever gets to any president’s desk until it’s so watered down with compromise that it no longer resembles the impetus from which it began. Or, 2b) Our conservative right representation in D.C. is “SPINELESS”! Yes, “SPINELESS”! They don’t want to get their hands dirty. They just want to get re-elected! To be frank, I’m sickened by any and all politicians. This country bears minimal resemblance of what our founders intended and I fear that our conservative representation has co-exsited with the pagan left for so long now that it is too far gone to do anything about if they so desired. Just look at it. Black Lives Matter, but All Lives Don’t? The gun, an inanimate object, is the reason for mass shootings? Biology and physiology scientifically, unequivocally, and definitively label us male or female, but a psychological wrinkle says we are just in “identifying” otherwise? Come on man! Look, people are not always going to agree. Sometimes we have to agree to disagree. That used to be the definitive example of tolerance. Today, tolerance is only defined as immediate agreement and acceptance without dissenting opinion or belief with the opposition. Anything other is labeled as bigotry, racisist, homophobic, islamaphobic, and the list goes on and on and on! But, this has been foretold as Mr. Huckabee so knows. The Lord, during the end of days, will hand the world over unto itself whereby the world will destroy itself. I wonder if we have any data on whether all peoples have heard The Good News of Jesus Christ? I for one I will be glad when ALL have had their chance. My ticket is punched. I’m ready to take my seat in the viewing audience to watch Jesus, The Christ, return not with peace but with the sword! This opinion and wish for the future is not written and submitted from a position of anger or hate. Rather, it is written and submitted from a position of VICTORY! I know how the story ends. We win!

  • MARY S ROWAN

    03/15/2018 10:25 AM

    WHEN I WAS IN JERUSALEM, WE stopped in a wonderful store which was an artist's co op, DAVIDYOMTOV, was the proprietor we glanced at the items on the floor and your name was on the items getting ready for sending... we asked if it was THE MIKE HUCKABEE,AND HE SAID YES....my sister and I spent a bundle... it was a wonderful experience...
    but now to my question...
    After all these months of the Mueller investigation I have never heard a pundit ask how Mueller was chosen to be special counsel ... I was hoping that perhaps you could bring that matter to the forefront...
    Love you and your wonderful daughter... the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

  • Joan Timmons

    03/15/2018 10:16 AM

    WHEN is SHE going to face CHARGES!!!?? Every thing she/they did (re: Ar.,WH, "FOUNDATION", LOOK INTO WHAT THEY'RE DOING even NOW.) Ok I'm done. 1 more thing, they DON'T want me as a member of that jury!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robert Duchardt

    03/15/2018 10:00 AM

    It should be clear by now that there is a very high price to pay for finding and/or telling objective truth. Part of that problem lies in the likelihood that many, if not most, people have any interest in knowing or living in that kind of truth. It is and always has been that truth makes one free. America and the world is a massive prison built on lies and political correctness, fundamentally the same material.

  • Hal Hall

    03/15/2018 09:59 AM

    Jeff Sessions where are you?? The Republicans MUST appoint a special procecuter to look into this mess. Someone should be held accountable, our government was never meant to work this way!!

  • Elna Morton

    03/15/2018 09:46 AM

    When I "hear"/read all this, I get sick to my stomach. I am ashamed that those who have the responsibility to care for our country misuse the authority for their own warped ideas. I wish there was a way to go through and fire with no pension all those involved. Plus retroactive take away pensions from the others that "retired/resigned".

  • Jim Parker

    03/15/2018 09:45 AM

    We keep hearing and hearing all of this. What I want to know, is when is somebody going to do something about it?... somebody with some clout. I would, but I don't have the clout like you and some of these other commentators.

  • Michael Egbert

    03/15/2018 09:44 AM

    Time and time again the democrats are being shown in their true colors...what is it going to take for people to finally WAKE UP?!!

  • Linda Lowery

    03/15/2018 09:15 AM

    I READ THEM!

  • James E. McCrea

    03/15/2018 09:12 AM

    The common people have believed our government was corrupt for years, the question what to do to fix it without a civil war?

  • Stephen Russell

    03/15/2018 09:01 AM

    Everything leads to the Clintons & Obamas, I call for subopena for Obama, Biden, some staff IF aiding Hillary since 2012.
    Name names, Take down time

  • Suzanne Utts

    03/14/2018 10:24 PM

    Birds of a feather flock together. I just wish they were being flown in a BIG bird to GITMO! And I wonder why there aren't arrests.