Craigslist has made tens of millions of dollars off sex ads, which have facilitated child sex trafficking, and part of that money is in Democratic campaign coffers.
President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) and Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) are among the politicians who have accepted the $83,800 in donations that Craigslist founder Craig Newmark donated to Democrats.
HUMAN EVENTS has been investigating the money trail and found that only one Democrat—Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s (D.-Ill.)—has given the tainted campaign donation to charity.
Rep. Christopher Smith (R.-N.J.) said that he and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D.-N.Y.) wrote a letter months ago asking that Craigslist remove the sex ads because “it was a means by which these people were being raped.”
He said that Obama and Pelosi should send back the Craigslist political donations “same-day mail, return today.”
Craigslist was projected to make over $44 million this year alone from the sex ads, which is about 30% of the company’s total revenue. The ads facilitate the over 100,000 girls each year who are trafficked for sex and whose average age is 13 years old.
“Any part of that continuum makes you a party to it,” Smith said of political candidates who accepted Newmark’s tainted money.
The politicians and political committees who have accepted the Craigslist money—and who refused to return the money or give it to charity—are listed below:
President Barack Obama – $9,600
Democratic National Committee (DNC) – $30,500
Democratic National Campaign Committee (DCCC) – $11,500
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) – $500
Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) – $3,000
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) – $2,000
Sen. Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.) – $1,000
Rep. George Miller (D.-Calif.) – $1,000
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D.-Calif.) – $1,000
Sen. Mark Begich (D.-Alaska) – $500
Rep. Mark Schauer (D.-Mich.) – $500
Rep. Melissa Bean (D.-Ill.) – $500
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D.-Pa.) – $500
Rep. Chris Murphy (D.-Conn.) – $500
Last week, Craigslist announced at a House Judiciary Committee that it would permanently remove the section of the website that had the child trafficking ads. The company has not removed the ads from its many international sites.