A top Clinton donor was found dead on November 15th 2017 in an alleged suicide, after a 'sudden onset' of mental health issues. Before his death, Steve Mostyn gave $5 million dollars to Democrats during Barack Obama's 2012 campaign, and later co-founded the 'Ready for Hillary' PAC which received donations from Tony Podesta, and George Soros.
A recent WND article also reviews how Mostyn's PAC was accused of illegally obtaining an email list of 4 million names from the super PAC, which top Clinton lawyer Cheryl Mills had asked John Podesta to help obtain according to a 2014 email released by Wikileaks.
The 2014 E-mail forwarded to Podesta through Mills shares advice from Lyn Utrecht on how Cheryl Mills and others should approach the issue with caution,
"Hi Cheryl - here are some options for getting the lists. A few key points:
We can't give you a number on cost of purchase without doing a match of the
two lists. This would require getting both lists to a vendor. Our vendor
estimates the cost at $1-2,000. We believe Ready for could pay that cost to
determine the value of its list. We will also look further into the pricing
of appended and updated info.
The discussions about this should probably take place between lawyers for
the entities who can do so as an effort to make sure that there is
agreement re the law.
There should not be a request or direction on behalf of HRC as to how R4H
disposes of its list. If a decision is made to purchase it, a request may
be made for that.
Please let us know if you have questions.
Lyn and Eric"
Ultimately, Hillary's team obtained the list through a second Super PAC to access the list, in an apparent effort to protect themselves from accusations of wrongdoing.
Clinton lawyer Roby Mook continued to worry about the transfer, whether it broke election law, and the possibility of bad press for Clinton:
“Big picture, I’m approaching this from the following position: does the benefit of a campaign getting the list outweigh the cost in dollars, compliance headaches, and scrutiny (actual FEC investigation or just handwringing in the press…especially early.)”