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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Palin Spending Spree is Illegal

As you may have heard by now, the RNC took Sarah Palin on a $150,000 shopping spree (with cash and prizes!) at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue using RNC campaign contributions.

Leaving aside the sheer boneheadedness of the politics of spending $150,000 on Sarah Palin's wardrobe, makeup and hairdos (which is more than what most people in the country spend on clothes in 80 years) during a financial crisis when people are struggling to pay their bills, let's focus on the fact that this is illegal.

Let's examine the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act of 2002:

SEC. 313. USE OF CONTRIBUTED AMOUNTS FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES.
    (a) PERMITTED USES- ...
    (b) PROHIBITED USE-
      (1) IN GENERAL- A contribution or donation described in subsection (a) shall not be converted by any person to personal use.
      (2) CONVERSION- For the purposes of paragraph (1), a contribution or donation shall be considered to be converted to personal use if the contribution or amount is used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate's election campaign or individual's duties as a holder of Federal office, including--
        (A) a home mortgage, rent, or utility payment;
        (B) a clothing purchase;
        (C) a noncampaign-related automobile expense;
        (D) a country club membership;
        (E) a vacation or other noncampaign-related trip;
        (F) a household food item;
        (G) a tuition payment;
        (H) admission to a sporting event, concert, theater, or other form of entertainment not associated with an election campaign; and
        (I) dues, fees, and other payments to a health club or recreational facility.'
Pretty clear, isn't it? Organizations like the RNC are prohibited from converting campaign contributions for personal use, including (explicitly) with respect to "clothing purchases".

1 comments:

Jamo said...

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