DOJ says Texas man spent money intended for 2016 presidential candidates at Miami strip club
A Texas man who formed political action committees to support three 2016 presidential candidates spent some of the funds raised on a lavish personal lifestyle, including roughly $4,500 at a Miami strip club, according to an indictment the Justice Department unsealed Wednesday.
Kyle Gerald Prall of Austin Texas faces more than 20 federal criminal counts, including mail and wire fraud, money laundering, making false statements and falsifying federal records.
Prosecutors say in 2015 and 2016 Mr. Prall formed three political action committees, one for each of the top three presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Each PAC was given names associated with acandidate, including “Feel Bern,” “HC4President” and “Trump Victory,” according the indictment.
All three committees were registered with the Federal Election Commission with the stated purpose of paying or transportation to bring voters to the polls; training volunteers to make phone calls and canvas neighborhoods; and make contributions directly to the candidates’ presidential campaigns, the indictment says.
All told, Mr. Prall raised nearly $540,000 for the candidates among the three PACs. But prosecutors say only about $5,000 actually went to the candidates with the majority of funds being funneled into his personal bank accounts.
“Prall transferred the funds to his personal checking and savings accounts for his personal use, concealing from the FEC, the public and the contributors to his political committees that he was taking a large portion of the contributions for his personal enrichment,” prosecutors said.