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Report: Activist Who Bragged About Starting Violent Protest At Trump Rally Was On Hillary’s Payroll

According to The Daily Caller, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that an activist caught on camera bragging about having helped start violent disruptions at Donald Trump campaign rallies was paid by the Clinton campaign right before she stirred up trouble.

Project Veritas revealed its latest sting operation on Monday in which the conservative organization caught pro-Hillary operatives appearing to admit to illegal campaign activity on video. One activist, Zulema Rodriguez, took credit for disrupting multiple Trump events.

“So, [Aaron Black] and I did the Chicago Trump event, where we shut down like all the… yeah…” Rodriguez says in the sting video, referencing a protest that turned extremely violent.

“So the Chicago protest when they shut all that, that was us,” explains Black. “It was more him (Bob Creamer) than me, but none of this is supposed to come back to us, because we want it coming from people, we don’t want it to come from the party.”

Rodriguez also claims in the video that she helped stir up a protest resulting in the shutting down of a highway outside a Trump event in Arizona in March. “Oh, then we also did the Arizona one where we shut the highway down,” says Rodriguez.

The Daily Caller did a little digging on Rodriguez and found that FEC records reveals she was in fact paid by the Clinton campaign shortly before her actions in Chicago:

The campaign paid her $1,610.34 as a “payroll” expense, and also gave her a $30 payment that is described only as “phone.”

The payments are both dated Feb. 29, 2016, less than two weeks before the violence in Chicago. Those are the only payments Rodriguez has ever received from the Clinton campaign. It’s not immediately clear what the payment was for, and it’s also unclear whether Rodriguez was really behind the agitation in Chicago or if she was simply making an empty boast.

In the months afterward, Rodriguez was paid handsomely by other political operations. She received a $1,108.97 travel reimbursement from Political Action in May, and in June she was paid a whopping $17,500 by Stand Up For Ohio PAC as a “political consulting fee.” Stand Up For Ohio PAC is itself heavily funded by MoveOn.

Project Veritas video below: