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Dem Groups Paid Ransoms To Keep Protester Funding Secret

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Over a dozen Democratic groups were approached with ransom demands by Russian hackers over protester funding information, according to a Monday report from Bloomberg.

The liberal Center for American Progress was one of the groups approached by what FBI officials report is the same group behind the Democratic National Committee hacks committed last year.

Bloomberg reports that some of the groups paid the demanded ransom in an attempt to hide sensitive data that revealed the group’s role in funding anti-Trump protesters nationwide.

One conversation obtained by reporters was between an employee with a left-leaning nonprofit organization and a donor over how to use government-funded grants to protest the Trump administration.

The ransoms paid by various unnamed groups ranged from $30,000 all the way up to $150,000, according to the report, and were paid through untraceable bitcoins.

Republicans in Congress blamed progressive donor George Soros for funding the string of national protests, something Soros vehemently denied.

The report doesn’t name the donor who discussed using grants to pay for protester supplies. The report also doesn’t specify if protester time was paid for or if the groups simply attempted to pay for costs like sign materials and other needs.

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