The Clintons have along history of accepting questionable contributions from sources as varied as Buddhist temples and foreign national land developers, and a long list of indicted and convicted folks generally (Charlie Trie, Norman Hsu, Michael Brown, Eugene Lum, Nora Lum, Johnny Chung, Roger Tamraz anyone? Oh, for goodness sake; just read it yourself HERE.)
And apparently, The Washington Times reports she’s at it again, although this time with rock-star credentials:
Are Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Elton John breaking U.S. laws by allowing the British pop singer, a foreign national, to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign by performing a concert on her behalf?
That’s the question Inside the Beltway put to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) yesterday, which does not rule out the possibility.
First, some background supplied by the FEC: The goal of the 1966 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was to “minimize foreign intervention” in U.S. elections by establishing a series of limitations on foreign nationals. In 1974, the prohibition was incorporated into the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), giving the FEC jurisdiction over its enforcement and interpretation.
According to the FEC, FECA “prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.”
While this no longer begins to surprise me, what WOULD surprise me is if the FEC grew itself a spine and would actually investigate these things. As long as elections law has no teeth, nobody fears this old dog.
Little Texas-ism for ya there.