90 Miles From Tyranny : Lawsuit Unearths Link Between Dem Megadonor SBF, Parents, and Democratic Dark Money Behemoth Arabella Advisors

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Lawsuit Unearths Link Between Dem Megadonor SBF, Parents, and Democratic Dark Money Behemoth Arabella Advisors

Filings show Allan Bankman discussing Arabella and subsidiaries as vehicles to move money around and obscure its origin

The father of disgraced cryptocurrency kingpin Sam Bankman-Fried sat on the advisory board of the liberal dark money behemoth Arabella Advisors and likely had access to the group’s funds, a federal lawsuit filed against Bankman-Fried’s parents on Tuesday charged.

The lawsuit, filed by Bankman-Fried’s defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX, cites communications from the elder Bankman in which he discussed having access to Arabella funds. The suit also reveals that FTX had a special arrangement with the largest Arabella affiliate, the New Venture Fund, through which the crypto trading firm and its donors could contribute to "select charitable causes." Sam Bankman-Fried is accused of stealing billions of dollars from FTX customer funds to keep his hedge fund afloat and to donate to political causes.

Though the extent of Allan Joseph Bankman’s involvement in the Arabella advisory board or the level of control he had over the consultancy is unclear, the lawsuit shows the elder Bankman discussing Arabella and its corresponding non-profit, New Venture Fund, as vehicles to move money around and obscure its origin.

Arabella’s network of five nonprofit funds, which do not have to disclose their donors, have spent billions of dollars operating a vast array of left-wing advocacy groups that present themselves to the public as grassroots initiatives.

Arabella spokesman Steve Sampson told the Washington Free Beacon that Bankman "has never had any role at Arabella Advisors."

But the lawsuit cites communications from the elder Bankman in which he discussed routing Arabella funds through his son.

"We considered having funds made available by Sam through Arabella, through our own 501(c)(3), through a foreign entity with a 501(c)(3)-like charter, and through Alameda as a public benefit corporation," Bankman allegedly said in connection with a discussion surrounding gift taxes.

The FTX lawsuit alleges that Allan Joseph Bankman and his wife, Barbara Fried—both Stanford Law professors and major Democratic donors—played a direct role in FTX’s downfall through breaches of fiduciary duties, fraudulent transfers, and unjust enrichment. The lawsuit cited Bankman’s discussions of his son’s partnership with Arabella as proof he had "unfettered access" to FTX’s finances.

"It’s alarming to learn the extent to which Sam Bankman-Fried and his family are clearly tangled in the Left’s dark money web," Americans for Public Trust executive director Caitlin Sutherland said. "It should raise serious questions and scrutiny about SBF’s Washington pay-to-play scheme and how he tried to use the Arabella apparatus to further his ill-gotten influence."

FTX donated $8 million to New Venture Fund on Oct. 8, 2021, according to a July 31 court filing in the firm’s ongoing bankruptcy case. A New Venture Fund spokesperson confirmed that it "worked briefly with FTX Foundation to provide fiscal sponsorship services for...

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Anonymous said...

Island nations in the Carbbean have long served to hide monies, transactions, investments, and identities of depositors and recipients.

Well and fine, fir who wants governments from snoopinf on private affairs.

Except that people, of a sinful nature, and of ceratain means, have exploited such secretness to their own ends. Often this has involved somw taking advantage, amorally, unethically, unlawfully of others.

Still I wonder if the names of the plaintiffs and defendants are not interchangeable. I wonder if the deciding factor is who slipped up first, who fouled who.
Why should I think the difference between plaintiff and defendant is more than a proven culpability. After all, were they all not lysting after greed?

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SCBen said...

BIG MONEY BUYING POLITICIANS has to STOP! We need to get the big money OUT and start having REPRESENTATIVES who ACTUALLY REPRESENT their Constituents!! I've proposed ending ALL Political Bribery and get to a SIMPLE, HONORABLE System!! The ONLY people who can donate are those DIRECTLY AFFECTED by the OFFICE!! City Office - CITY RESIDENTS ONLY!! County Office - COUNTY Residents only!! State Office - STATE Residents only!! House Reps - DISTRICT Residents only!! Senate - STATE Residents only!! National - INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS ONLY - LEGAL US CITIZENS!! AND the TOTAL Allowed per person is what the AVERAGE US CITIZEN can afford!! No more $100,000 per plate dinners - just INDIVIDUAL US CITIZENS!! And the limit should be around $400 PER YEAR!! Politicians should be back in their cities, counties, and States - WITH THE PEOPLE - knocking on doors and making FREE SPEECHES!