The president of a student group at the University of Minnesota is denying any involvement in alleged "dirty tricks" at the campaign offices of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
According to an article for TIME published earlier today by Zeke Miller:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign offices around the country have been put on alert after at least two women approached Iowa staff under the guise of being supporters in an apparent effort to catch the campaign engaging in improper or illegal activity, a Clinton campaign official said.
A Clinton campaign official alleges that the women engaged in several efforts to entrap supporters. In one scheme, described by Clinton staff, a woman attempted to pass a cash donation to Clinton volunteers and interns. In another, a woman approached the campaign on Aug. 19 and said both her parents had donated to Clinton the legal maximum of $2700 each and wanted to funnel an additional donation through their daughter, a violation of federal law. On Aug. 13, a woman claiming to be Canadian approached another Clinton fellow to ask how to falsify an address for a campaign donation.
In another instance, a woman volunteering with the Clinton campaign on voter registration efforts in Iowa City returned to the campaign’s office in Des Moines and asked whether it was okay that she refuse to register people who don’t support Clinton, the campaign official said. The Clinton campaign maintains that its policy is to register all voters, regardless of their preference in candidates.
The women presented themselves as Allison Holmes, Jess Koski, and Jess Jones, according to the Clinton campaign, which collected names, email addresses, and phone numbers for the women. All gave the same phone number, which is listed on the website for the University of Minnesota-based Students for a Conservative Voice. Messages left at the number by TIME requesting comment were not returned. The women did not identify themselves as part of O’Keefe’s group, the campaign said.
Anders Koskinen, president of Students for a Conservative Voice, said tonight the contact number for the organization is actually the phone number for Allison Maass, the former editor of a newspaper published by the organization.
Koskinen said Maass, "has graduated and is no longer affiliated with the group." He added, "we have no associations to the actions taken by these people against the Clinton campaign." Koskinen also disavowed the alleged tactics used by these people, saying "we do not engage in activities in any way similar to this."
Maass did not respond to a request for comment and her phone number has since been removed from a website for Students for a Conservative Voice.
Picture source: Ian Thomas Jansen, New York Times