Do you think directly violating the law will make a difference to the Republicans?

From the statute 2 U.S.C. § 441e:

(a) Prohibition

It shall be unlawful for—

(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make—

(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election;

(B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or

(C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 434 (f)(3) of this title); or

(2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national.

Violating 2 U.S.C. § 441e is punishable by a fine and (in the case of clause 2) possible disqualification of the candidate. The law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court (9 to 0) in 2011 in Bluman v. Federal Election Commission in 2011

Guess which presumed U.S. presidential candidate did some quiet, not-very-well-hidden fundraising in Israel on his recent foreign tour-de-disaster?

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2 comments on “Do you think directly violating the law will make a difference to the Republicans?

  1. Mark says:

    “Citizens United” is and will be used by left and right to augment fundraising..

    Add to this global campaigning In some strange places.. who loses, Americans of course..

    Some folks say that Bill Clinton was funded by illegal Chinese contributions, so I guess this cuts both way.

    That said, a pox on both their houses. There is very little to hope for in either of the major political parties except more pain, erosion of rights, and economic folly..

  2. givesgoodemail says:

    “That said, a pox on both their houses.”
    Absolutely goddamn right. I get sucked into the Democratic Party line because the alternative is just too scary to even theorize upon.
    All politicians (Obama, Romney, Biden, Ryan, Paul, Bachmann, Frothy, Newton, etc.) are wholehearted unabashed thieves and liars. Every one of them.

Lay one on us!

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