The Power Brokers Behind Adam Schiff

Jan 24 · 10 min read

Adam Schiff’s Los Angeles district is at the epicenter of an elite circle of power brokers with money and influence to sway industry and politics alike. Schiff has enjoyed the benefits of their favor, but it may at times, come with a price. The rich, powerful, and well connected in the Hollywood industry and political spheres helped launch Schiff’s career onto the national stage and the very same people may influence his political aspirations. So, who are the power brokers behind this poster boy for the Trump impeachment? In this report, we will focus on just a few, but it’s likely there are many more.

Hollywood Power Brokers: David Geffen & Associates


It was Hollywood mogul, David Geffen who championed Adam Schiff’s 2000 campaign to oust the Republican congressman of the 27th District, James E. Rogan, who had served as a House Manager during the Clinton Impeachment trial. Reportedly enraged by the impeachment of Bill Clinton, David Geffen and his Hollywood associates committed unlimited time, money and energy to the cause, in what turned out to be the most expensive House race in history, at the time. Since Schiff won the 2000 race to unseat Rogan, he has not faced any substantial challenges to his seat. Much of his early success could be attributed to Geffen’s support, to which I assume Adam Schiff owes Geffen and his associates, at the very least, his gratitude. At the most, perhaps Adam Schiff owes his loyalty.

“Super-agent” and co-founder of Creative Artist Agency, Michael Ovitz, had quite a lot to say about David Geffen and his associates in a 2002 interview with Vanity Fair. Once deemed as the “most powerful man in Hollywood,” Ovitz, who was president of The Walt Disney Company from 1995 to 1997, opined about the downfall of his fledgling Artist Management Group company, while casting blame on a cabal he described as the “gay mafia” led by DreamWorks cofounder, David Geffen. Ovitz remarked, “I’m going to be insensitively direct…I’m just going to say what I’m going to say, and let the cards fall where they may. I think it’s the low road out for me. But it’s a lose-lose proposition. If I say nothing, I get killed. If I talk, it comes off as sour grapes.” Ovitz went on to explain the downward spiral of his career after leaving Creative Artist Agency, stating, “The last six years have been a nightmare for me.”

The author of the Vanity Fair piece, Bryan Burrough, described his interview with Ovitz like this, “The collapse of AMG is the direct result of a flawed business plan — Ovitz won’t argue that — but behind the scenes, he believes, its demise was hastened by [David] Geffen and other enemies, who at every turn did what they could to make his dream a nightmare…It is one of the driving factors in his decision to talk about what happened, a burning need to name names, to throw light on the shadowy Hollywood cabal he believes did him in. He calls it the Gay Mafia, though several of its “members” aren’t gay, and much of what he says about these men is nasty and unprintable. In Ovitz’s eyes the cabal’s demagogic leader… is Geffen, laying waste to all Ovitz held dear, spreading rumors about his family, at the same time he was poisoning the business deals that would have saved AMG — all things Geffen denies.”

When asked to comment, David Geffen refuted Ovitz’s claims, stating, “Oh, please…A Gay Mafia? This is so crazy. This is insane. I think he needs a psychiatrist. It’s so paranoid, and so crazy, and so irresponsible, and makes him look like such a nut. It’s beyond crazy. On a scale of 1 to 10 crazy, it’s 11.… He’s made a fool of himself, and he’s made a huge failure of his life. To say you’ve been brought down by the Gay Mafia and its allies is as crazy as anything I’ve ever heard in my life.” After facing harsh criticism over the tell-all interview, Michael Ovitz has back peddled from his “gay mafia” comments, adding that he regrets the statements and has since made up with David Geffen over a “civil lunch.”

All-in-all, it seems that both Adam Schiff and Michael Ovitz have learned that this Hollywood shot caller and one of the power brokers behind Schiff, can be either a fierce friend or foe.

Ukraine Power Brokers: George Soros & Associates

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Adam Schiff received a Henry Toll Fellowship award for leadership development in 1997. The award, which is sponsored by the Council of State Governments, receives strong financial support from George Soros, as well as his Open Society Foundation. In 2003 Open Society donated $320,000 to the Council of State Governments and contributed an additional $1.1 million to the organization in 2004.

In addition to support from the Hollywood power brokers, Adam Schiff’s 2000 race to unseat the incumbent in the 27th District of California, James Rogan, was also aided by more than $100,000 from the George Soros funded group, Soros groups like The Open Society Foundation and the Council of State Governments have continued to support Schiff’s legislative aspirations as well.

For example, in 2009, Schiff introduced a Criminal Justice Reinvestment Act, which “builds on the justice reinvestment work done by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.” Schiff’s bill directly benefited the same Soros funded Council of State Governments, which awarded the senator a Henry Toll Fellowship in 1997, and the reinvestment initiative was supported by a partnership with Soros’ Open Society Institute.

In coordination with Hillary’s State Department, Soros’ funded organizations were heavily involved in infiltrating and subverting the Ukrainian Government. A leaked 2015 document, authored by “A self-appointed advocate of the new Ukraine,” George Soros, outlines a comprehensive strategy for building a “New Ukraine,” through Soros funded NGOs working in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.

In a September 2019 interview, Rudy Giuliani spoke out about Soros’ involvement in the Ukrainian corruption, stating, “The new prosecutor dropped the case, not just on Biden’s kid and the crooked company that Biden’s kid worked for, Burisma… He also dropped the case on George Soros’ company called AntAC. AntAC is the company where there’s documentary evidence that they were producing false information about Trump, about Biden. Fusion GPS was there.”

Schiff’s Ukrainian ties go even deeper than his loyalties to George Soros. A Ukrainian businessman by the name of Igor Pasternak hosted a 2013 “Taste of Ukraine Reception” fundraiser for Adam Schiff in Washington. Pasternak is the founder of a California-based company, Aeros, near Adam Schiff’s 28th District, which manufactures airships with commercial and government applications, and has had contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense. Pasternak’s Aeros has also received lucrative weapons and surveillance contracts from the government of Ukraine. Laura Ingram reported that prior to Pasternak’s fundraiser for Schiff, barely a word was ever mentioned by the California representative on the topic of Ukraine. Following the 2013 Pasternak sponsored event, Schiff, “used multiple television appearances to basically demand that we send money and arms to them.” Pasternak is also, reportedly, tied to George Soros.

Furthermore, in November of 2019, Ukrainian officials announced an investigation into a $7.4 billion money laundering scheme which is connected to representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party and Obama administration through the Franklin Templeton and BlackRock firms, and shortly after, it was discovered by Corey’s Digs, that Adam Schiff has shares in both.

With Soros’ ability to manipulate individuals, institutions, and governments, he has earned the reputation of a puppet master of unmatched proportions. Is this power broker behind the poster boy of impeachment really pulling the strings?

LGBTQ Power Brokers: Ed Buck & Associates

Ed Buck is described as a gay rights activist and Democrat mega donor, who served on the Stonewall Democratic Steering Committee, a caucus within the Democratic Party driving advocacy of LGBTQ agendas. As a fundraiser, Ed Buck bundled contributions from individuals and organizations to funnel into various Democratic election campaigns. The common practice of “bundling” is a legal way for donors to skirt federal campaign finance laws that set limitations on individual contributions. Since 2007, Buck donated more than $500,000 to the Democratic party on local, state, and federal levels. Some of the recipients of Bucks fundraising efforts include: Hillary Clinton, Ted Lieu, Kirsten Sinema, and of course, Adam Schiff.

Elected officials, like Schiff, who were once happy to receive support from Buck, are now working overtime to distance themselves from the political activist mega-donor, since his arrest in September of 2019. The Stonewall Democratic Club forced Buck to step down from his role in the Steering Committee as well.

The criminal complaint against the disgraced Democratic donor describes a pattern of depraved activities, referencing accusations by 10 victims, in which Buck repeatedly lured vulnerable males to his apartment, then intravenously administered meth and performed sexual acts on them, often times while they were unconscious after consuming an unidentified drink which Buck had given them. In one instance, Victim 7 explained that after administering an injection of what Buck described as meth, the victim was unable to move for 6 or 7 hours, and believes the injection was actually a tranquilizer. While Victim 7 was unable to move, Buck became increasingly frustrated and “obtained a power saw from the closet, turned it on, and approached Victim 7 with it. Victim 7 said that he got an adrenaline rush and was able to stand up.” Fortunately, Victim 7 survived, unlike Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, who both died from the overdose of drugs administered by Buck. Victim 10 accused Buck of thwarting his attempts to call an ambulance while he was suffering from an overdose, but managed to walk to a nearby gas station in order to call for help.

Ed Buck’s criminal trial is set to begin in August of 2020. Meanwhile, family members of both deceased victims have filed separate lawsuits against him. The Los Angeles District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, has faced harsh scrutiny and calls for her resignation, over the handling of the wrongful death cases, while the community has pressed for answers as to why Ed Buck’s criminal activity went on for so long without investigation. Comparisons between Ed Buck and Jeffrey Epstein, another well connected mega donor who dodged charges for his criminal activities for years, have arisen in the public conversation. There is speculation as to whether this Democratic mega donor received special treatment.

Demonstrators appeared at West Hollywood City Council meetings to protest against City Council Member, John Duran’s behavior, with allegations of a cover-up, including Duran’s alleged efforts to discourage victims from coming forward to testify against Ed Buck. John Duran is both a friend and former legal counsel to Ed Buck as well as the recipient of Buck’s fundraising efforts.

Following his arrest, investigators reportedly found hundreds of photos of men in compromising positions. Whether any of the photos found during their search included high profile Democrats is unclear, but rumors of an Epstein-style honeypot blackmail scheme have circulated. Until further evidence of this is presented, they are just rumors. If that were the case, one would have to assume that, like Epstein, Ed Buck must worry that he knows way too much and may suffer the same fate as the deceased pedophile. Prior to his arrest, a reporter confronted Ed Buck on his way home and asked, “Nothing to say for yourself, sir? Two people dead inside your apartment.” Ed Buck had this to say, “Yeah, and you know what, I’m gonna die [inaudible — ‘soon too’?].”

Larry Nichols, who worked for Bill Clinton while he was governor of Arkansas, and has since blown the whistle on their alleged drug trafficking operation in Mena, Arkansas, spoke about potential problems that may emerge in the near future for Adam Schiff regarding an alleged on-going investigation into Ed Buck. Nichols stated, “Barr is looking into, once again with purpose, why Adam Schiff was at Buck’s place 16 times.” Nichols went on to say, “The reason Barr is obligated to look into Adam Schiff, and the fact that he was there 16 times, is because as a member of Congress, if he saw in his time at Buck’s any illegal activity, he is obligated by law to report it and if he didn’t report it, then he is guilty of a crime.” Nichols added, “He’s gonna call him [Schiff] in, I assure you, before all is said and done, and [the reason] he has not called him in, as I understand it, as yet, is due to the political theater that would come from it and it could be used to hurt Trump, but he will.”

Clearly, the power brokers behind Adam Schiff have enough money and influence to sway industry and politics alike. The question is: How much influence do these power brokers behind the poster boy for the Trump impeachment have on Schiff?

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