- A new book claims former President Barack Obama hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Romney
- Obama used law firm Perkins Coie to hide payment to Fusion GPS
- The Clinton campaign would later do the same thing to investigate Trump
Chuck Ross reports: The Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a book released on Tuesday.
The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie. The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
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That contract led to the creation of the infamous Steele dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele.
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An Ohio county’s director of elections has resigned because he says work on the coming presidential election was too stressful.
The Dayton Daily News reports ( http://bit.ly/QwGPJb) that Miami County elections director Steve Quillen cited “the stress of the upcoming presidential election” in his decision.
The county election board accepted Quillen’s resignation Friday, just weeks before the election. He is a Republican so the county Republican Party in the key presidential battleground state will recommend his successor.
The county had experienced delays in getting absentee ballots to voters, but the board chairman says that played no part in Quillen’s departure.
A Republican on the board said the shuffle won’t affect the integrity of the election.
The board asked Quillen’s deputy to contact the state elections chief for help.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com