Prominent Democrat fundraiser for Obama, Clinton sentenced to 12 years in prison for foreign money campaign schemes

by Jenny Mount · Feb 19th, 2021 4:24 pm

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Last Updated Feb 20th, 2021 at 2:29 am

A California businessman and major Democratic bundler has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a "mercenary" political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, who raised large sums for former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was sentenced for schemes to funnel foreign money into American political campaigns, in which he would then take millions of dollars for himself.

U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O'Brien said Zuberi was "purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding."

Zuberi contributed more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain, and others. His most recent attempt was to work his way into the Biden circle.

Zuberi, who raised $270,000 for Clinton and $1.3 million for Obama, pleaded guilty to a "three-count information charge with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act" for making false statements on a FARA filing, as well as tax evasion and making illegal contributions to political campaigns.

In a separate case in June 2020, he also pleaded guilty to a count of obstruction of justice.

"Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise," Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said.


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