Who Is Elliott Broidy? Donald Trump Pardons GOP Fundraiser

Former Donald Trump and Republican Party fundraiser Elliott Broidy has been pardoned in one of the outgoing president's final uses of his clemency powers. Pardons to 73 individuals were detailed overnight.

Among them was Broidy, who had pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally lobbied the U.S. government in attempt to have it drop an investigation into embezzlement in Malaysia.

He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of having conspired to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act. This requires people who lobby the U.S. government on behalf of foreign entities to register with the Justice Department. Broidy admitted to not doing this, Reuters reported. Prosecutors alleged he received millions of dollars to try to end the investigation. He would have faced a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Broidy played a prominent role in raising funds for Trump in 2016, working as vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee and then also being a vice-chairman of his Presidential Inauguration Committee.

He was also previously deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. He resigned that role in controversy in 2018 after it was reported he paid $1.6 million to secure a disclosure agreement with a Playboy Playmate he had an extramarital affair with, who became pregnant and had an abortion. Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen was reported to have helped facilitate the deal.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate. At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period," Broidy said in a statement provided to the Associated Press at the time.

Broidy is CEO and Chairman of Broidy Capital Management, an investment firm based in Los Angeles, California. According to the firm's website, it was founded in 1991 and participates in "public and private capital markets and invest in a wide range of sectors in the US and overseas."

Newsweek has contacted Broidy through Broidy Capital Management for comment on his pardon.

A statement on Broidy's pardon released by the White House, in a list detailing other pardons, said: "President Trump granted a full pardon to Elliott Broidy.

"Mr. Broidy was convicted on one count of conspiracy to serve as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal. Mr. Broidy is well known for his numerous philanthropic efforts, including on behalf of law enforcement, the military and veterans programs, and the Jewish community."

The pardons mark one of Trump's last acts as president, with Joe Biden to be inaugurated January 20. Trump will not be attending the inauguration. He issued a farewell message, in which he said he would pray for the success off the incoming administration.

elliott broidy at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons
Elliott Broidy attending a Dedication And Celebration Dinner For The Fred Sands Institute Of Real Estate At Graziadio School, Pepperdine University at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on June 24, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. He has been granted a full pardon by Donald Trump. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Pepperdine University