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An adult film actress. An allegation of an extramarital affair with Donald Trump. A $130,000 payment, made days before the presidential election.

And that’s just what was known in January, when The Wall Street Journal first reported news that Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen facilitated a $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford, the actress known professionally as Stormy Daniels.

Michael Cohen

Scrutiny has ramped up considerably in the weeks since then, as the public interest group Common Cause pushes for an investigation by the Federal Election Commission and U.S. Justice Department into whether the Trump campaign broke any election laws by not disclosing the payment.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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