|"How much illegal campaign money have I accepted? Let's see here...."|
Now part of the reason why was to get cool footage for some new political ads, and to demonstrate his foreign policy bonafides. (Yeah THAT worked out well!) But also to raise a little spending cash for his campaign.
U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney has reversed course and will let reporters cover his remarks to donors at a fundraiser in Israel.
Gee letting the reporters he invited along to cover his trip, actually cover his trip. What a guy!
But wait, isn't there a possible legal problem with accepting donations from people who are NOT American citizens when you are running for office?
Why yes it appears that there is a problem. A problem that takes the form of the Campaign Reform Act of 2002 that was recently cited in the 2011 Supreme Court case Bluman v. Federal Election Commission. The pertinent portion of which says the following:
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.
2 U.S.C. § 441e(a).[fn2] The statute continues to define "foreign national" to include all foreign citizens except those who have been admitted as lawful permanent residents. Id. § 441e(b).
Um, aren't people overseas, who do NOT prove dual citizenship, considered illegal donors under this statute? And is THAT possibly why Romney has adamantly refused to identify his top bundlers?
And lest you think I am overreacting here, take a look at this article from Veterans Today:
If you go outside the US, if you stay inside the US, if your contributor is living in the US but not a citizen, any money you get can mean years in jail.
Romney went the whole way, personally campaigning outside the US, soliciting foreign citizens, and humiliating himself and his country with his ignorance and flagrant attempts to trade illegal cash for promises of illegal war. One could hardly break more laws if one wanted.
Romney has raised millions in foreign cash at fundraising events across Israel and London, those that we know of so far. One table alone gave him a million in cash. None was from American citizens. Fewer than 10% of Romney’s contributors in Israel are estimated to be “dual citizens.” Others may have just flown the money in.
So again I ask, and I don't want to be a dick about this, why is Mitt Romney still allowed to run for President of the United States? And as an addendum, why the fuck is he not being prosecuted?
(H/T to Addicting Info)
P.S. And before anybody raises the issue of the 2008 Obama campaign accepting donations from prepaid credit cards that made it hard to trace the source, let me remind you that has already been addressed:
Lawyers for the Obama operation said yesterday that their "extensive back-end review" has carefully scrubbed contributions to prevent illegal money from entering the operation's war chest. "I'm pretty sure if I took my error rate and matched it against any other campaign or comparable nonprofit, you'd find we're doing very well," said Robert Bauer, a lawyer for the campaign. "I have not seen the McCain compliance staff ascending to heaven on a cloud."
And lest you think this is comparable to what Romney is currently doing, let me remind you that Romney actually TRAVELED OVERSEAS seeking his contributions. And that he has not yet offered to demonstrate any transparency or accountability for who donates to his campaign.
By the way if President Obama DID actively seek out donations from foreign supporters, as it appears Mitt Romney is doing, he would probably out raise the Republicans, including their SuperPACS, ten to one.