Matthew Whitaker Was Paid $900K By Conservative Advocacy Group

UNITED STATES - July 23: Matt Whitaker (R) Iowa is interviewed at Roll Call office in Washington, D.C. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker released his financial disclosure forms on Tuesday, following criticism over his failure to do so until now.

The forms show that before he started working for the government last year, he had earned $904,000 for directing the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) from in 2016 and until October 2017, when Whitaker entered the Justice Department.

The annual disclosure that Whitaker filed shows that he received $502,000 in 2017 for his work at FACT, which concluded in October of that year.

Under Whitaker’s direction, FACT appears to have spent much of its time filing ethics complaints against candidates from the Democratic Party and condemning Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email sever.

The Washington Post released a story on Whitaker’s work with FACT within an hour of the disclosures being published. The article suggests that Whitaker received a total of $1.2 million from the group, which existed for months before Whitaker joined it under a different name at an address registered to a Northern Virginia UPS store, without conducting any apparent activity.

The article suggests that FACT did not file the necessary IRS paperwork for changing its name and mission when Whitaker took over.

Additionally, Whitaker earned $1,875 in legal fees from World Patent Marketing, a company that the FTC shut down last year in a case it called “a scam.”

He also reported earning more than $100,000 in income from his law/consulting firm, and $15,000 in “consulting fees” at CNN/Time Warner, where he served as a legal commentator.

He also reported earning $1,750 in consulting fees from American Trust Bank and less than $201 from an investment fund.

Whitaker revised the forms five times since being appointed on Nov. 7.

After an initial revision on Nov. 7, the forms were revised on the 8, 16, 19, and 20.

Read the financial disclosure forms — Whitaker’s new entrant form and his annual form — below:

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