The issue with Stormy Daniels is not about sex with Trump and grabbing a few minutes of prurient titillation on CBS’s 60 Minutes. It’s about Trump breaking the law–again. This is how he did it and how Daniels can help take him down. Her lawsuit claims that Trump “aggressively sought to silence Ms. Clifford (Daniels real name) as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping to ensure he won the presidential election.”
That’s to say the agreement breaks campaign finance laws, because Trump would have had to report the payment in his financial disclosures.
“Under federal campaign finance law, any ‘expenditures’ by a candidate or agent of a candidate or in coordination with a candidate must be reported by the candidate’s committee to the [Federal Election Commission],” according to Common Cause.
“There is strong — and growing — reason to believe that Mr. Trump and his campaign violated federal campaign finance disclosure laws by hiding this election-influencing hush money payment,” Common Cause added. “Further, depending on the source of the $130,000 paid to Clifford, Mr. Trump and his campaign may have received an illegal campaign contribution.”