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Aug 13, 2021

Newport Beach, CA – Yesterday, Michelle Steel’s donor, Anton Lazzaro, was arrested after being indicted on five counts of child sex trafficking, one count of attempted child sex trafficking, and three counts of obstruction of justice. [Daily Beast, 8/12/21]

Lazzaro has donated to Michelle Steel through a PAC called Big Tent Republicans, which the Daily Beast notes is, “Lazaro’s own political action committee.”

This arrest ties a third high profile sexually predatory supporter to Steel’s campaign, following her close ties to Rep. Matt Gaetz and funding from Steve Wynn.

Congressman Harley Rouda released the following statement reacting to the news: 
“Michelle Steel fills her campaign coffers from insurrectionists, white supremacists, and sexual predators. Steel has yet to return a cent that she’s raised or received from child sex traffickers and sexual predators like Matt Gaetz, Steve Wynn, and Anton Lazzaro.”


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