“It’s his business,” said Bradley Diller. “I don’t know what the history of his relationship with Hugh Baras was, why he felt such a personal commitment, but he made a tremendous effort to help this person.”
While Sanford Diller trained to be a lawyer, he did not practice and did not appear in court letters working on behalf of Mr. Baras.
Bradley Diller said he was unaware of his father’s relationship with Mr. Broidy or Mr. Lowell, and that his father never spoke of recruiting them – or anyone else – to obtain a pardon for Mr. Baras.
“I doubt my father would do something like that,” he said, adding that based on their discussions, he believed that his father “was just trying to help him up and up by legal means.”
According to someone who knew their relationship, Sanford Diller knew Mr. Broidy from Republican Jewish circles. They both made donations to conservative and hawkish foreign policy groups, including the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy.
While Mr. Diller donated $ 333,800 to Republican Party Committees in 2016, most of which went to the Republican National Committee meeting and headquarters building accounts, there are no records of a direct donation from him to the Trump campaign. With the exception of a $ 23,400 donation to Republican Senate candidates in 2014, Diller had little prior experience giving Republicans.
Broidy, a California-based businessman who owns a Virginia-based defense contracting firm, helped raise money for Trump’s 2016 campaign, and after the election, he became a top fundraising official for Trump’s inauguration and the Republican National. Committee, as well as a member of Mr. Trump’s private club in South Florida, Mar-a-Lago.