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"Uh-oh" Controversy over Elton John fundraiser for Hillary Clinton (a.k.a. "The Hildebeast")
The Washington Times ^ | 27 Mar 08 | John McCaslin

Posted on 03/27/2008 6:57:02 AM PDT by seanmerc

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."

The question now is whether Elton John is contributing "indirectly" to Mrs. Clinton's campaign and whether the candidate herself has sought to "solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations" from a foreign national, which is unlawful.

That said, the act does provide a volunteer "exemption" as long as the foreign national performing a service is not compensated by anyone. But this exemption gets tricky and might not apply to Elton John.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 2008; clinton; clintonistas; clintoon; democratparty; democrats; demonrats; dims; dumbocrats; election; elections; eltonjohn; fec; fundraiser; hildebeast; hillaryclinton; hillaryrodhamclinton; mccaslin; mrsbillclinton; rats

1 posted on 03/27/2008 6:57:05 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

The Beast will not be happy.


2 posted on 03/27/2008 6:57:22 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

The B!tches are back.


3 posted on 03/27/2008 6:58:53 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: seanmerc

I doubt she’s losing a moment of sleep. Her campaign has already decided how to spin it to the media. And any prosecution would only take place long after she was elected.

She will do anything to get elected, including break the law now and deal with the consequences when she’s (oh, God, NO!) president.


4 posted on 03/27/2008 7:00:00 AM PDT by Judith Anne (I have no idea what to put here. Not a clue.)
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To: seanmerc

cue captain obvious.

OF COURSE ELTON JOHN IS CRIMINALLY VIOLATING THE LAW.

His performance is SPECIFIC to intervent in a US election.


5 posted on 03/27/2008 7:03:09 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: seanmerc

Wait, didn’t this goof ball do a fund raiser for Kerry in 2004 ?


6 posted on 03/27/2008 7:05:14 AM PDT by ncalburt
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To: seanmerc; doug from upland

Isn’t the performance itself an “in kind” contribution that has to be assessed a dollar value? Or are they paying Sir Elton (it had better be his usual fee) as though he were simply performing at any private/corporate venue? This seems suspiciously like the kind of thing they did with the 2000 Hollyweird Gala for Shrillary’s Senate campaign - wonder if they’ll have their books kept honestly this time.

p.s. Maybe we should give them a pass if Sir Elton plays “The Bitch is Back” with Shrillary onstage!!


7 posted on 03/27/2008 7:06:01 AM PDT by Enchante (Careful, Obama - Hillary May Soon Decide to Exercise the "Tonya Harding Option")
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To: seanmerc; doug from upland

Doug—why does this sound familiar?/s/


8 posted on 03/27/2008 7:06:11 AM PDT by exit82 (People get the government they deserve. And they are about to get it--in spades.)
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To: seanmerc
A Clinton, receiving unlawful foreign campaign contributions? Stop the presses!!!11 This has never happenedz b4!!!1

At least they're not getting a free ride in the press anymore.
9 posted on 03/27/2008 7:06:16 AM PDT by faloi
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To: seanmerc

All he has to do is charge a customary fee for the performance, and it becomes a non-issue. Then he only has to remain quiet when the check bounces.


10 posted on 03/27/2008 7:06:22 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW!)
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To: seanmerc

The Clintons operate under the principles of “It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission” and if you “load up the FEC with thousands of complaints it won’t get sorted out until you are out of office”.

It’s kinda like how Bill had to absolutely get elected the first time else the law was going to catch up to him and Hillary for all their misdeeds. Being President meant he could control (er manage?) the procesutions against him.


11 posted on 03/27/2008 7:06:26 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: seanmerc

Maybe she should have used Yoko Ono...


12 posted on 03/27/2008 7:07:41 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: seanmerc

I guess I get to say, “I told ya so!”
I posted this very question in the first appearance of this story some time ago on FR. Seemed soooo very obvious!


13 posted on 03/27/2008 7:08:46 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: seanmerc

England has two old Queens.


14 posted on 03/27/2008 7:11:33 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: seanmerc

Gee, can I pick the set?

Open with:

Funeral for a Friend
All the Young Girls Love Alice
The Bitch is Back
Little ‘frigerator
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
Better Off Dead
Texan Love Song
Fascist Faces
Heart’s in the Right Place
Madness
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Have Mercy on the Criminal
Ticking


15 posted on 03/27/2008 7:12:24 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (Not a newbie, I just wanted a new screen name.)
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To: OrioleFan

NOOOOO!


16 posted on 03/27/2008 7:12:46 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
I'm shocked , absolutely shocked that the Clintons would lean against the law. Especially after all that Chinese money that have taken.
17 posted on 03/27/2008 7:18:10 AM PDT by tsali
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To: JimRed

actually he would have to verify he was actually paid FULLY and it can not be a “pro forma” payment.

He is SPECIFICALLY inducing a contribution to a political campaign. He is specifically encouraging financial support.

Of course he is futher proving straight men don’t vote democrat.


18 posted on 03/27/2008 7:18:29 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Judith Anne
She will do anything to get elected, including break the law now and deal with the consequences when she’s (oh, God, NO!) president.

The Clinton's created "broken glass Republicans" - people who will crawl over broken glass to vote against Clintons.... count me as one of them.

19 posted on 03/27/2008 7:22:19 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright 's a racist pig - the black version of KKK David Duke.)
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To: GOPJ

As am I, a broken glass Republican.

I hope there are enough of us.


20 posted on 03/27/2008 7:27:00 AM PDT by Judith Anne (I have no idea what to put here. Not a clue.)
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To: exit82

Very familiar.


21 posted on 03/27/2008 7:36:23 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Interesting Times

Bump


22 posted on 03/27/2008 7:48:35 AM PDT by BubbaBasher (Without the 2nd ammendment there would be no 1st ammendment!)
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To: Enchante

A performer can volunteer services. In the case of the Hollywood Gala Salute for President William Jefferson Clinton, both Cher and Diana Ross were directly solicited by Hillary. That was illegal. Peter was directly solicited by Hillary and her agents to pay for it. That was all hard money and illegal.


23 posted on 03/27/2008 7:51:17 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: exit82
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(PAUL v CLINTON) Senator Clinton, just one more question, ma'am - FACSIMILE QUESTION No. 4
Peter Paul, documents, photos, video ^ | 9-19-07 | dfu

Posted on 09/19/2007 3:51:11 PM PDT by doug from upland

FReepers, this is the 4th in a series of facsimile transmissions to the office of Senator Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton. I am hoping she will take the opportunity to clear up some questions and give us her side of the story. Any response from her will be published here.

No. 1 - Lying Howard Wolfson
No. 2 - False Reporting about Stan Lee
No. 3 - Bearing False Witness



24 posted on 03/27/2008 7:51:41 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: BubbaBasher
Elton on the lam? Cue the theme music...

Have mercy! On the criminaaaaal! Who is running from the law!

25 posted on 03/27/2008 11:22:11 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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