'Sex Cult' Allegedly Employed Kirsten Gillibrand's Father
The organization was founded as a “self-help” group before ceasing operations last year, after high-ranking members of the group were arrested on charges of sex trafficking and forced labor.
Big League Politics obtained court documents appearing to show that Gillibrand’s father, Doug Rutnik, worked for the organization for four months in 2004 at a monthly rate of $25,000. Fox News, The Washington Free Beacon and Slate all previously reported on Gillibrand’s father and his work. An unnamed source also reportedly told Big League Politics that Gillibrand once sat at an NXIVM table at a fundraising event for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The group’s co-founder, Nancy Salzman, pleaded guilty on a racketeering charge last month. Salzman and fellow co-founder, Keith Raniere, were known as “Prefect” and “Vanguard,” respectively, by the women the group allegedly trafficked and even branded.
Raniere is currently facing a wide range of charges for his alleged involvement, including sex trafficking and child pornography. He faces 15 years to life in prison if found guilty. And, on Monday, disgraced “Smallville” actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty for her role in the case and now faces up to 20 years in prison.
Although the nefarious nature of the organization was not fully apparent until its downfall, it had received harsh scruntiny for years. A 2003 article in Forbes magazine referred to NXIVM as a "cult."