This still unfolding and fluid scandal has thus far rocked the collective worlds of many — including numerous Democratic donors.
According to the Department of Justice, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts unsealed documents showing a pattern of willful fraud encompassing many American universities. Stating publicly:
“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits.”
However, what the document did not reveal was that many of those named and charged on Tuesday in connection with the nationwide admissions scandal are lifelong Democratic donors.
This not to suggest that wealthy Republicans haven’t also engaged in rigging the system, only that the number of Democratic donors thus far seems disproportionately high.
According to the unsealed indictments the main player within this growing scandal is a character named William Rick Singer, owner of The Edge College & Career Network, LLC, who was paid millions of dollars by wealthy parents to guarantee their children would be admitted to a prestigious college. Singer would fly from Texas and California for the SAT and ACTs, prepping students, and correcting their answers so that they could pass, in short CHEATING.
He would also create fake athletic profiles for students, even though some did not play sports at all. Singer is also accused of outright bribery of coaches and college administrators of NCAA Division I programs like Yale, Stanford, and the University of Southern California to recruit the students.
U.S. attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters, “The real victims, in this case, are the hardworking students” who were denied admissions because the children of wealthy parents “simply bought their way in.”
The developing scandal as thus far netted 33 parents paying Singer’s company over 25 million dollars, also as part of the scheme college coaches were also bribed allegedly accepting millions of dollars to facilitate student admissions.
Thus far the public faces of the admissions scandal are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, two prominent Hollywood stars charged in the corruption sting.
Huffman is a dedicated and generous Democratic donor, donating thousands of dollars since 2016 to Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), according to the Federal Election Commission’s site. She was also a frequent donor to former President Barack Obama’s campaigns.
Gordon Caplan another Democratic donor lives in the affluent town of Greenwich, Connecticut and also New York City. Caplan is accused of paying $125,000 to have his daughter’s ACT exam answers corrected by the proctor. He’s charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in the District of Connecticut.
Caplan gave donations to the Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, including and an additional $25,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and $22,300 to the Democratic National Committee in 2016. Caplan also contributed to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) in 2005.
Another big-time donor is Robert Flaxman, the owner of Crown Realty and Development, in Beverly Hills, California. Flaxman is accused of paying $25,000 to have both his son’s and daughter’s ACTs falsified, including arranging through a varsity coach at the University of San Diego, falsifying documents claiming his son is an athlete.
Flaxman donated thousands of dollars to Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 Presidential election. He also donated thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party, with contributions in Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Winemaker Agustin Huneeus, also a California resident paid over $50,000 for a falsified SAT exam for his daughter, also bribing USC athletic staff in accepting his daughter as a water polo recruit.
He’s also another big buck Democratic donor, giving over $33,000 to Clinton’s super PAC. Huneeus is also quite generous towards the DNC and DCCC giving those organizations over $150,000 and another $60,000 to the Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund, including another $10 grand to Sen. Kamala Harris.
This seems to be just the tip of the iceberg, regarding this widening crisis, within the coming weeks look for others to be charged.