Democrats believe they are on track to score a major victory in the 2018 midterms.
They are counting on big money donors to fuel a political wave that will sweep them into power.
However, it’s been revealed that the Nancy Pelosi affiliated House Majority PAC accepted donations from someone who is co-owner of a website alleged to be involved in child prostitution.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
“A political action committee that is backed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) took funds from the co-owner of a website that is linked to underage prostitution.
The House Majority PAC, an Alexandria, Virginia-based Super PAC created in 2011 to “answer the barrage of GOP outside spending” and help Democrats regain seats in the House of Representatives, accepted a $10,000 contribution last year from James Larkin, the co-owner of the Backpage.com, a website linked to underage trafficking and prostitution.
Larkin, along with Michael G. Lacey, were co-owners of the scandal-plagued Backpage when legal troubles began to mount against the site for accepting prostitution advertisements that included postings for sex with underage girls.
The duo began stepping up their political contributions after the site came under fire for its ads and have since donated more than $160,0000 to Democrats in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, the Arizona Republic reported.
The donation from Larkin to the House Majority PAC, which is backed by Nancy Pelosi, was made on Oct. 13, 2016, shortly before the general election.”
Backpage has been neck deep in controversy for years.
Congress became involved after one study found 80 percent of the ads on the site were for prostitution – including some for underage girls.
The Washington Free Beacon also reports:
“A study of Backpage in 2012 conducted by Arizona State University and the Phoenix Police Department discovered that almost 80 percent of the advertisements posted to the site involved prostitution. In Phoenix alone, more than 900 ads for prostitution were found, including ads for underage girls.
The National Association of Attorneys General called on Congress in July 2013 to amend federal law to hold companies such as Backpage accountable for their actions.
In May 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to hold companies accountable that knowingly post ads for commercial sex acts involving minors. Rep. Ann Wagner (R., Mo.), the bill’s co-sponsor, named Backpage as one of the “vehicles for advertising the victims of the child sex trade to the world.”
The U.S. Senate later passed a resolution in March 2016 holding Backpage in civil contempt of Congress after ignoring a subpoena to turn over documents detailing what the site was doing to deal with trafficking in its ads.
Carl Ferrer, the chief executive of Backpage, was arrested following a three-year investigation in October 2016 over the underage prostitution allegations. Arrest warrants were issued against Larkin and Lacey, who were described as “controlling shareholders” of the site.”
n 2014, the Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona donated a $2,000 contribution from Michael Lacey to groups which tackle youth homelessness and human trafficking.
However, The Free Beacon did not receive word whether the Pelosi-backed House Majority PAC returned or donated the $10,000 it received from Lacey in October 2016.
Will the Pelosi-supported House Majority PAC continue to accept donations from Lacey?
That is one of many questions that still need to be answered.