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Questions raised on 'Time for Hillary' Clinton PAC creators' records

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Time for Hillary PAC looks like just one more organization dedicated to making Hillary Clinton the next president, but an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity's Michael Beckel raises questions about whether the group is a real political action committee or a sham designed to funnel money to its financially challenged creators.

Time for Hillary's domain name was registered by John Gibson in August, and his wife, Leigh Gibson, is listed in Federal Election Commission filings as its treasurer.

But the two have a history of personal bankruptcy, failed business ventures and questionable dealings, according to Beckel.

Two years ago, Gibson signed a partnership deal for a food truck venture with Simon Sioni, a developmentally disabled man from Encino, Calif., who was then 27.

Gibson pocketed $10,000 from Sioni on the promise that the two would share their earnings, Beckel said.

When Sioni's mother explained that her son wouldn't be able to be his business partner, Gibson promised to give back the money.

But he never did, and in April 2012 the Sioni family took the case to the California Superior Court, which sided with the family. Gibson still owes them $10,000, Beckel said.

Gibson also appears to be the man behind several failed or struggling businesses, including two car companies, a superfruit juice company, a cheesecake bakery, and SliderCityRestaurants.com, according to Beckel.

Leigh Gibson is also listed as treasurer for another PAC called USA Moving Forward, which has neither raised nor spent any money but has received a warning from the FEC for being late to file a mid-year disclosure report, according to FEC documents.

Finally, John Gibson and Time for Hillary's chairman, J.R. Worthington, appear to be the same person, according to Beckel. Online pictures of the two men appear to be the same person, and Worthington's Twitter account directs people to a self-help book he calls his own, but which lists "Dr. John Gibson" as its author.

Leigh Gibson posted a promotional video for a failed e-book by Worthington called "Worthington Knights," and John Gibson registered several domain names related to what was supposed to be a Power Rangers-inspired series, according to Public Integrity.

Worthington didn't respond to questions from Beckel.

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