It’s time to see if Democrats are serious about their alleged support for campaign finance laws

We always hear Democrats talking about how they want to pass new campaign finance laws.

So I’m curious to see if these same Democrats will want to enforce the campaign finance laws that are already on the books.

Hillary Clinton committed $84 million in campaign finance law violations. So far, not a angle Democrat has called for her to be prosecuted.

By comparison, the Obama administration sent Dinesh D’Souza (who had previously made an anti-Obama film) to prison for a $20,000 campaign finance law violation. D’Souza did indeed break the law, and the law did indeed call for such a prison term. He was not innocent. He really was guilty.

Clinton’s campaign finance law violation is far bigger than D’Souza’s. In fact, it’s the biggest campaign finance law violation of all time.

Will Democrats call for Clinton to be prosecuted? Or is their claimed support for campaign finance laws just an act of virtue signaling?

April 20, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Colorado judge rules that a Facebook post is an illegal campaign contribution

I agree with the law professor who said this could be troubling for free speech. I worry about the precedent that it creates, and about the possibility of it eventually being expanded to any kind of political speech that anyone makes on the internet.

USA Today reports:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/23/facebook-post-campaign-contribution/74486688/

Judge: School’s Facebook post a campaign contribution

DENVER — A Colorado judge has ruled that a charter school’s Facebook post amounts to an illegal campaign contribution to a school board candidate.

In August, Liberty Common School in Fort Collins, Colo., shared a newspaper article about a student’s parent running for a board seat in a neighboring school district. Liberty Common’s principal, former Colorado GOP Rep. Bob Schaffer, then shared the post and called candidate Tomi Grundvig an “excellent education leader” who would provide “sensible stewardship” of Thompson School District.

An administrative law judge, Matthew E. Norwood, called the violation “minor,” and ruled that “no government money of any significant amount was spent to make the contribution.” He also focused on the post to the school’s specific page, not Schaffer’s personal page.

“The school’s action was the giving of a thing of value to the candidate, namely favorable publicity,” Norwood wrote in his Oct. 14 ruling, which became public Wednesday. “It was given indirectly to her for the purpose of promoting her election.”

Law professor Scott Moss of the University of Colorado called that point troubling for its implications on political speech.

“I don’t buy that under the First Amendment speech about a candidate can be deemed a contribution,” Moss said after reading the ruling. “Is speech valuable? Yes. But that’s not a basis for restricting core political speech.”

 

November 5, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Police state, Politics. 2 comments.

Obama had anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza arrested for violating campaign finance laws, even though Obama himself had violated campaign finance laws three different times without being arrested

In August 2012, Dinesh D’Souza released 2016: Obama’s America, a movie that was critical of Obama.

In January 2014, D’Souza was arrested for violating campaign finance laws.

In May 2014, D’Souza pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws.

In September 2014, D’Souza was sentenced to live in a halfway house for eight months, pay a $30,000 fine, perform 260 days of community service, and receive counseling.

However, even though Obama himself had violated campaign finance laws on three different occasions (see here, here, and here), Obama never had himself arrested.

Numerous legal experts have said that D’Souza’s arrest was politically motivated.

Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said of D’Souza’s arrest:

“This is clearly a case of selective prosecution for one of the most common things done during elections, which is to get people to raise money for you…If they went after everyone who did this, there would be no room in jails for murderers.”

“This is an outrageous prosecution and is certainly a misuse of resources. It raises the question of why he is being selected for prosecution among the many, many people who commit similar crimes… This sounds to me like it is coming from higher places. It is hard for me to believe this did not come out of Washington or at least get the approval of those in Washington.”

Former Federal Election Commissioner David Mason said of D’Souza’s arrest:

“What struck me first was that it is unusual in cases like these for the FBI to go out and actually arrest someone, simply because it is not necessary… And even less so in this case because [D’Souza] has enough prominence that it is fairly obvious that he is not a flight risk. White-collar indictments are made lots of times without an arrest being made.”

Commenting on D’Souza’s arrest, former acting U.S. attorney general George Terwilliger of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius said that there were

“legitimate questions that could be asked about the political motivation for bringing the case.”

Dominic Gentile of Gordon Silver, an expert on the enforcement of campaign finance law, conducted extensive research on other people who had done the same thing as D’Souza, and concluded:

“Twenty thousand dollars?”I’ve never heard of a $20,000 criminal case for campaign finance violations.”

Those legal experts are correct. The real reason D’Souza was arrested was because he made an anti-Obama movie. As long as Obama never makes an anti-Obama movie, Obama will never be arrested for this three violations of campaign finance law.

September 28, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 3 comments.