Dan McLaughlin and Jonah Goldberg have each made essential factors in regards to the Paul Manafort indictment, however I’m afraid each are lacking the true scandal: This man allegedly wired almost 1,000,000 bucks to an antique-rug retailer over a two-year interval, after which $100,000 extra to a “badociated” enterprise a pair years later. He additionally spent greater than 1,000,000 on garments.
Such offenses can actually be uncovered solely with the instruments of information journalism, so I’ve produced a chart for you. Even the tiny “housekeeping” slice right here quantities to $20,000.
In keeping with the indictment, Manafort wired cash from offshore accounts to numerous companies between 2008 and 2014, which enabled him to spend cash right here he hadn’t paid taxes on. These wires, plus 4 extra to purchase actual property in 2012, prime $18 million, most of which went to actual property and home-improvement companies. (I needed to make a couple of lumping-vs.-splitting calls in making the chart, in fact — “house enchancment” consists of unspecified “contractors,” in addition to landscapers and firms that deal with house automation, lighting, and audio/video gear, for instance.)