Criminal Sex Cult Allegedly 'Curried Favor' With Clintons
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The leaders of the NXIVM sex cult, which stands accused of brainwashing women into becoming sex slaves, have been on trial for much of the past year.
Yesterday, a former high-ranking member testified in court that cult members raised thousands of dollars for Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign.
The Daily Wire's Emily Zanotti has more:
The New York Post reports that Mark Vicente, who used to be a high-ranking member of the cult, testified in court that another high-ranking NXIVM devotee, Seagram's rum heiress Clare Bronfman, demanded cult members donate the maximum individual amount — then $2,300 — to Clinton's 2008 primary campaign against then-Illinois senator, Barack Obama.
Vicente claims that Bronfman would then reimburse cult members for their donations, creating "straw donors" — a practice that is illegal under Federal Elections Commissions rules.
The group thought that the donations might help to “curry favor with the Clintons" and to deter any future federal investigations into the "self-help group" that operated largely in upstate New York.
NXIVM itself allegedly operated as a sort-of pyramid scheme, luring in potential members with "personal development programs" that eventually progressed into cult-like indoctrination. The federal government alleges that, not only did its leaders — Raniere and actress Allison Mack — fleece members out of thousands of dollars, but that they were also operating the group as a cover for a "secret society" that revolved around sexual intercourse and sexual slavery, and a sex trafficking operation.
A damning ABC News exposé into NXIVM in 2015 set off a domino effect, culminating in an ongoing criminal investigation of the group's practices.
Among the most disturbing details reported so far:
Co-founder Nancy Salzman admitted between sobs she monitored abused female members to ensure they weren't leaking details to the press.
Founder Keith Raniere's first "slave" was a 15-year-old girl, who he explicitly photographed during sexual intercourse. Prosecutors also accuse Raniere of having an intimate relationship with at least one other child and possessing kiddie porn.
Multiple members testified about the details of Raniere's dungeon at Salzman's home where he raped his "slaves."
Raniere even employed a B-list celebrity, Allison Mack, to lure unsuspecting women into the group.