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DCCC calls on NRCC to return contributions from man indicted for conspiracy to funnel Russian donor’s money into U.S. elections

Today Lev Parnas and his business partner were arrested for “conspiracy, falsification of records and lying to the FEC about their political donations, according to the indictment that outlines a conspiracy to funnel a Russian donor’s money into U.S. elections.”

But before Lev Parnas was arrested, as he and his partner attempted to flee the country via Washington Dulles Airport, he was a contributor to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the National Republican Campaign Committee, and former NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions.

These are contributions the NRCC and Minority Leader must either contribute or endorse the crimes for which Parnas and his business partner were indicted.

DCCC Spokesperson Cole Leiter released the following statement:

“If the GOP Minority Leader and his campaign committee are willing to pocket money from a man who was just arrested for funneling Russian campaign donors into American elections, then it is clear there no line they will not cross. This is a question of un-American activity: either you stand for the sanctity of our elections and defending our Constitution, or you do not. Today, Minority Leader McCarthy and his campaign arm need to make a choice.”

As a reminder, the DCCC has signed a pledge in both the 2018 and 2020 cycles to not use hacked material or accept foreign interference in US elections. House Republicans’ campaign arm has not followed in taking a similar pledge.

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