June 7, 2017 by Clifford Cunningham
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ended an Obama-era program allowing prosecutors to force companies to make payouts to political groups as part of settlement agreements, a program lambasted by Republicans as a slush fund for far-left groups.
In a memo addressed to 94 United States Attorneys’ offices, Sessions indicated he was ending the practice allowing companies to meet the terms of settlement agreements by donating money to organizations that were neither victims nor parties to the case, arguing the money should be donated to the victims in the case or the U.S. Treasury instead.
“When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people – not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,” Sessions said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, in recent…
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