Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 24, 2013
A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC focused on getting college students to sign up and vote for the former Secretary of State may instead be doing quite the opposite – swindling money out of the unsuspecting.
According to The Center for Public Integrity, John Gibson, the man who registered the domain name for the websiteTimeForHillary.com, owes a California man $10,000 that he essentially conned out of the developmentally disabled man. Simon Sioni and his mother, Janet, successfully petitioned the California Superior Court in April 2012 for redress and won; however they have yet to see a penny returned to them despite the verdict.
“This guy [Gibson] took his $10,000 from him [Sioni] and vanished,” Mike Pirouzian, the private investigator the court assigned to enforce its judgment against Gibson, told the Center for Public Integrity.
Time for Hillary, which is also based out of California, boasts the lofty goal of registered one million new voters at colleges across the country who will support a potential run by Clinton. As of press time the website is little more than a campaign store selling T-shirts and bumper stickers, however the super PAC’s chair, J.R. Worthington, plans to use the money raised by the sales to fund its outreach programs.
“It is my hope that Time for Hillary will be able to raise comparable funds to address these Republican smear campaigns,” Worthington wrote on the website’s blog.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, former NBA player Magic Johnson, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker and actress Eva Longoria have all promoted the super PAC as well, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
The Center for Public Integrity also questions whether Worthington is a real person, as the Center points out that Worthington bears a striking resemblance to Gibson. In addition, Gibson’s wife – who has financial issues of her own – is listed as the treasurer of the super PAC.