Matt Gaetz used campaign cash to pay Roger Stone — and Jeffrey Epstein's lawyer

Among Marc Fernich's "notable clients": Jeffrey Epstein, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Loera and mob boss John Gotti

Published July 15, 2021 6:52PM (EDT)

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story


The second quarter campaign finance reports filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) were made public on Thursday.

Gaetz, who is reportedly being investigated for child sex trafficking, spent $25,000 campaign funds on "legal consulting."

"Gaetz's latest filing shows that he paid the sum to attorney Marc Fernich, who lists among his 'notable clients' the accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Loera, and convicted crime family boss John 'Junior' Gotti," Business Insider reports.

That was not the only expenditure that appears related to the Republican's scandals. Gaetz also paid $25,0000 to the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP. And he paid $825,000 to Harlan Hill's Logan Circle Group, which has been leading damage control following the child sex trafficking reports.

ABC News reporter Will Steakin noted that Gaetz paid $20,000 to an LLC linked to Roger Stone.

In April, The Daily Beast reported that Gaetz wingman Joel Greenberg wrote a confession letter to Stone in an effort to receive a pardon from then-President Donald Trump.

"On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida's 1st Congressional District and myself," Greenberg wrote. "From time to time, gas money or gifts, rent or partial tuition payments were made to several of these girls, including the individual who was not yet 18. I did see the acts occur firsthand and Venmo transactions, Cash App or other payments were made to these girls on behalf of the Congressman."

Greenberg reportedly offered Stone $250,000 in Bitcoin to obtain a pardon. The pair were not pardoned and Greenberg pleaded guilty to six criminal counts -- sex trafficking of a child, production of a false document, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, stalking and conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S.

By Bob Brigham

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