Michael Avenatti Appears to Have Used PAC as Personal Slush Fund

Michael Avenatti

Embattled Democratic lawyer Michael Avenatti, who on Monday was arrested for an extortion plot involving Nike and was separately alleged to embezzle client money while falsifying tax returns, appears to have used a political action committee that he established to help liberal candidates as a personal slush fund, Federal Election Commission filings show.

Avenatti’s Co-Conspirator Mark Geragos Is a CNN Contributor, Kamala Harris Donor

Lawyer Michael Avenatti’s co-conspirator in his alleged attempt to extort more than $20 million from Nike is CNN contributor and Democratic donor Mark Geragos, a lawyer who has gained celebrity for defending the likes of pop star Michael Jackson for child molestation, actor Jussie Smolett when he claimed to be victim in a hate crime, and Chris Brown for assault.