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Report: Top DeSantis fundraiser impregnated Playboy model; Trump’s lawyer negotiated payment

Elliott Broidy, a friend and fundraiser for Trump, admitted impregnating her. He's on DeSantis' national fundraising team.
Rep. Ron DeSantis questions Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a December hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. (Screengrab)
Published Apr. 13, 2018
Updated Apr. 13, 2018

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer negotiated a $1.6 million payment to a Playboy model impregnated by one of Congressman Ron DeSantis' top fundraisers, The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon.

Elliott Broidy, a top Republican National Committee official and Trump fundraiser, admitted to the Journal getting the woman pregnant. Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, negotiated the $1.6 million last year, according to the report.

"At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant," he said. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period."

Broidy, who is married, is also part of DeSantis' national fundraising team for his campaign for governor. He's already stepped down from his RNC position.

The Journal doesn't name the woman. The deal prohibits her from disclosing her relationship with Broidy in exchange for $1.6 million to be paid to her over two years in quarterly installments, according to the report. The first payment was due Dec. 1.

According to The New York Times, the woman was represented by the same lawyer who also represented another former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, and pornographic actress Stormy Daniels. Both women were allegedly paid to keep quiet about affairs with Trump.

On Monday, Cohen's office was raided by the FBI, which was reportedly seeking payments Cohen made to McDougal and Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Broidy is not the only member of DeSantis' finance team to come under scrutiny recently.

Rebekah Mercer, the far-right daughter of billionaire Robert Mercer, is also on the board of Cambridge Analytica, the company that improperly mined the private information of millions of Facebook users and helped Trumps' campaign, according to The New York Times. Her father was the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica.

The revelations caused widespread outrage and prompted Congress to haul Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in for questioning this week.

We've reached out to DeSantis' campaign for comment, but haven't heard back yet.

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