Washington Free Beacon contributing editor Daniel Halper on Wednesday explained new allegations that Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign circumvented campaign donation limits through a money scheme with the Democratic National Committee.
Halper, author of Clinton, Inc., appeared on Fox News to react to a new legal complaint that the Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Donald Trump political action committee, filed with the Federal Election Commission, alleging that the Clinton campaign and the DNC were involved in a "corrupt" scheme to bypass federal campaign finance laws.
"Explain this to us in a way we can understand," Fox News host Rob Schmitt said to Halper. "Exactly what is wrong with what she is alleged to have done here, and what the party is alleged to have done here?"
Halper said the accusation is that the Hillary Victory Fund—a joint fundraising committee between Clinton's campaign, the DNC, and more than 30 state Democratic parties—raised money for state Democratic parties throughout the country, but that money "went through the DNC right back to her campaign coffers."
This system violated "the law that one could only give $2,700 in support of her campaign last year, which applied equally to both candidates," Halper added. "It's a little complicated, of course, but there are various laws that prevent giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to a single candidate. This appears to have been some sort of violation of that."
Former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile levies similar charges against the Clinton campaign and the national Democratic Party in her new book, Halper noted.
Halper also said that, although these allegations concern specifically the Clinton campaign, they are a broader "test" of current campaign finance laws, and how they limit what individuals can donate.