The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:
A political consultant who acted as U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s 2020 campaign manager and two others have agreed to pay more than $50,000 in restitution and penalties for their roles in operating a phony East Palestine charity in the aftermath of a widely-publicized train derailment. Under a settlement announced Thursday by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Isaiah Wartman and Luke Mahoney of WAMA Strategies must pay more than $22,000 in restitution to a local food bank.
Michael Peppel, the co-founder of the fake charity, called the Ohio Clean Water Fund, agreed to pay a $25,000 civil penalty and a lifetime ban on him starting, running or soliciting for any charity in Ohio, according to a Yost release. Wartman and Mahoney were fundraisers for the Ohio Clean Water Fund, a fake charity that collected nearly $149,000 from donors in the aftermath of the Feb. 3 derailment, which released toxic chemicals into the area, leading to evacuations and reports of health issues.
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There’s much more. No paywall. Greene is still paying WAMA Strategies for consulting. Peppel previously agreed to pay $132,000 to the food bank.
Marjorie Taylor Greene’s 2020 campaign manager, as well as two others who worked for other members of Congress, have agreed to pay more than $50,000 for their roles in an East Palestine charity scam https://t.co/SJ6GcPWNfi
— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) August 10, 2023
Luke Mahoney of WAMA Strategies worked as a campaign staffer for U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican must pay more than $22,000 in restitution for role in East Palestine charity scam.
Tell me who should we trust?
More GOP lies!!
— Z family (@jmzardeskas) August 11, 2023
As I have previously reported, it was Isaiah Wartman who purchased the Ye24 domain name with @mtgreenee’s campaign funds with her approval in November 2022 the same day Ye (Kanye West & Nick Fuentes) had dinner with Donald Trump at Mar a Lago.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) July 19, 2023