That's part of the widening investigation by the Justice Department of the goings-on at Fox News.
As many recall, millions of dollars were paid out to alleged victims of Roger Ailes' alleged sexual antics. But the feds noticed those transactions weren't accounted for in the official Fox News books.
That lack could constitute violations of financial disclosure. Fox News is a part of public company 21st Century Fox. In addition, although the numbers were large, some (or perhaps all) of those expenses weren't approved by shareholders.
There is also more on the feds' list of must-look-into.
Currently, the feds are checking out what is being called the matter of "Friends of Roger."
Allegedly, without doing any heavy lifting some on the buddy list received $10,000 a month in the form of a retainer from Fox News. Here is the coverage by Fortune. The shareholders of 21st Century Fox should be enraged.
One wonders if the Friends list included Manhattan public affairs player Bob Dilenschneider. He had been the personal public relations representative for Ailes.
Among his duties, Dilenschneider purchased the $15,000 publicity for a positive biography of client Ailes. That was intended to distract from just-released Gabriel Sherman's negative book "The Loudest Voice in the Room." But Dilenschneider got nailed doing that by the media. At the time he didn't respond to the media.
What was odd from the get-go was that the biography promoted - "Roger Ailes Off Camera" by Zev Chafets - had been published a year earlier. The timing of the new promotion seemed, like, weird. The media took note. Currently, on Amazon, "Off Camera" has descended into Amazon ranking hell - the bottom 2.2 million+. Meanwhile, Sherman's book remains a best-seller. Its Amazon ranking right now is 36,121
It might have been smart for Dilenschneider to have arranged that ad-purchasing transaction through a middleman. For a few bucks, a lot of consultants probably would have carried the ball. Even a rookie lawyer would have known to operate truly in a stealth mode.
Perhaps if Dilenschneider was receiving a Fox News monthly retainer, he had earned it. However, will there be clawbacks if the myriad Friends can't document that they performed real tasks in exchange for the retainer?
In another life, I had done assignments, now and then, for Dilenschneider's firm. A key memorable aspect from that era had been his chief of staff.