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Monday, April 14, 2008

Hillary in hot water with the FEC... again.

Well, sort of. Just consider that my MSM misleading headline of the day, phrased specifically just to get your attention.

What's actually happened is that Judicial Watch has filed a complaint with the FEC about Elton John's fundraiser for her. Uh, sorry, Hill, that's a no-no.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) related to a fundraising concert by musician Sir Elton John on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Elton John, a foreign national, is prohibited by federal law, from making any contribution to a federal, state or local election campaign.

“Recent news reports suggest that Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton for President have accepted an in-kind contribution from a foreign national, Sir Elton John, in contravention of federal electon laws,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated in an April 14 letter to the Office of the General Counsel for the FEC. “On behalf of Judicial Watch and its supporters, I hereby request that the FEC investigate this matter.”

According to a press release issued by the Clinton campaign, the expressed intent of the concert was to raise funds for Hillary’s campaign for president. In the release, Elton John is quoted as saying, “I’m excited to support Hillary by performing at what will be a truly memorable night.”

Press reports also show that Sir Elton John, on March 17, 2008, through the Clinton campaign, sent out a mass email announcing the concert and soliciting support. The Elton John concert took place on April 9, 2008 and raised more than $2.5 million (from the sale of 5,000 tickets) for Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton for President.

However, according to 2 U.S.C. § 441e, “Contributions and donations by foreign nationals,” it is illegal for any foreign national to “make a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value…in connection with a Federal, State or local election.” The Washington Times reported March 27, 2008, that a “1981 FEC decision prohibited a foreign national artist from donating his services in connection with fundraising for a U.S. Senate campaign.”

“It looks as if Elton John, a foreign national, gave a valuable, in-kind contribution to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which is prohibited by law. The FEC and other authorities need to take appropriate action and investigate Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and Elton John,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Whoopsie.

Luckily for Hillary, the FEC will probably do absolutely nothing about this. However, it seems to me that Judicial Watch has a good point.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

2 comments:

Amanda said...

To say nothing of McCain's own finance issues:

http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/15211.html

You'll also notice that this link mentions that the FEC doesn't currently have a functioning panel of members, therefore is unable to conduct investigations. On anyone. Including Clinton.

But feel free to keep trying.

Sassy Poker said...

McCain may be to the left of both of them, but he's right on security, which makes him the lesser of 3 evils.