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Obama Fundraising May Have Violated RICO
IsraPundit ^ | 4/24/11 | Bill Levinson

Posted on 04/26/2011 8:18:34 AM PDT by Winged Hussar

AFL-CIO Attorney: "It is legally impossible to conduct a nationwide raffle"

We recently sent a complaint to the Federal Election Commission with regard to the "Dinner with Barack" fundraising promotions of 2007 and 2008. The Center for Competitive Politics quoted AFSCME (part of AFL-CIO) associate general counsel Jessica Robinson on the use of raffles to raise money for political campaigns.

Ms. Robinson says unequivocally that it is impossible to legally conduct a nationwide raffle and furthermore that doing so violates the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute. Racketeering includes systematic violations of any state's gambling laws.. This means there is excellent cause to remove Barack Obama from office without an extensive foray into the Twilight Zone to find his birth certificate. If Obama for America broke the law by running an illegal Internet gambling operation, and Minnesota law enforcement is on record as saying that it did, that is cause for impeachment. Here is what Ms. Robinson has to say in her own words:

    California (which does not permit the use of raffles for political fundraising) prohibits the use of the internet for raffle advertisements. Hawaii (and perhaps one other jurisdiction - Kansas, maybe?) strictly prohibits the use of lotteries for any purpose.

    It is legally impossible to conduct a nationwide raffle, whether the funds are being used for political purposes or not. This, of course, is of great importance, because running an interstate gambling operation that does not comply with the laws in each state in which it is being conducted subjects you to both criminal and civil penalties under the Federal RICO statute.

    The trick that keeps you out jail is to offer an 'alternative method of entry' that does not require payment of consideration.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abovealllaw; abovethelaw; dnc4criminals; holder4criminals; impeach; kenyancoupdetat; noaccountability; nointegrity; nojustice; nolaw4dnc; nolaw4holder; nolawinamerica; notruth; obama; rico
This topic has incidentally gotten numerous wet blanket commentary at Free Republic, like "Who is going to enforce this law against the Anointed One?" NOT ONE NEGATIVE COMMENT, HOWEVER, DENIED THE INDICATED FACTS OR THE PROPOSITION THAT THIS FUNDRAISING METHOD VIOLATED THE LAW. In other words, there is not even an argument here (or anywhere else from what I have seen) over the facts or their interpretation: the President of the United States broke the law by running an Internet gambling operation to fund his campaign.

Now as for who might enforce this:

(1) Any Member of Congress who wants to retire the Catastrophe in Chief early can propose a bill to impeach him. What are the Senate's Democrats going to do then--argue that it didn't happen or that it is all right for the President to break the law? Somebody do a seance and ask Tricky Dick Nixon how that worked out for him.

(2) Try the case in the court of public opinion and see how far Barry can get in 2012 amid the surrounding stench.

1 posted on 04/26/2011 8:18:39 AM PDT by Winged Hussar
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To: Winged Hussar

Well, what did you expect from a Chicago thug?


2 posted on 04/26/2011 8:24:16 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Winged Hussar

It’s OK - he’s black.

It’s a cultural thing.

And besides, you’re racist for even bringing it up!

(sarcasm)


3 posted on 04/26/2011 8:26:36 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Winged Hussar

Dream on. Obama could rape a three-year old girl in broad daylight on the front lawn of the White House and the dems in the Senate, and the MSM, would fire up the “doesn’t rise to the level of impeachment” mantra. I doubt if the sitzpinklers we elected to the house in November would even do anything.


4 posted on 04/26/2011 8:31:50 AM PDT by Spartan79 (O)
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To: Winged Hussar
Do you really believe that this is a problem?

Poor Tricky Dick, had the press trying to crucify him at every turn, Obama has a very sympathetic press. The headlines will be “Republicans form lynch mob to string up first black president!”

It will be a racial nightmare. This is the way Democrats play, get used to it. We have to play by the rules and they get a pass. We have to be smart enough to educate the stupid populace that conservatism is in their best interest. That is the only chance we have.

The nation will feel sorry for poor persecuted Obama.

5 posted on 04/26/2011 8:32:27 AM PDT by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: Winged Hussar

Ha, you know the DEMON rats will not vote to impeach him. I’m waiting for the MSM to report on this.

crickets, crickets, crickets.

Maybe this should go to talk radio? Or has it already?


6 posted on 04/26/2011 8:32:55 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Winged Hussar
Zero is partially black.

It is racist to enforce the law against people who are partially black.

7 posted on 04/26/2011 8:35:17 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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To: Winged Hussar
Pretty clear Democrats, especially this one, are not subject to laws. Any laws.
8 posted on 04/26/2011 8:37:13 AM PDT by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: Winged Hussar

I can see Gweedo,a.k.a. Shop Steward, standing over and tapping his baseball bat against some hapless union peon’s kneecap, “I hope you want to buy a few raffle tickets buddy. Come on, it’s good for your health.”


9 posted on 04/26/2011 8:38:21 AM PDT by dila813
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To: Winged Hussar

I am SURE that the FEC and the DOJ will SWOOP down on this and have it all investigated and the wrong doers prosecuted . . . no later that 2020.


10 posted on 04/26/2011 8:40:35 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marine Corps, your greatest friend or your worst enemy. YOU choose.)
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To: Winged Hussar
What are the Senate's Democrats going to do then--argue that it didn't happen or that it is all right for the President to break the law?

They already did when they acquitted Clinton of lying under oath and sexual harrassment.

11 posted on 04/26/2011 8:46:51 AM PDT by StonyMan451
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To: ryan71
Be careful. During the ‘08 campaign, McFart had the audacity to refer to ‘0’ as “...that one...” and was strung up by the red diaper dopper commie media for failing to genuflect when referencing the Kenyan bush bum.
12 posted on 04/26/2011 8:51:04 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (Quaeras de dubiis, legem ben,e discere si vis)
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To: airborne

“It’s OK - he’s black.

It’s a cultural thing.

And besides, you’re racist for even bringing it up!”

(sarcasm)

Yeh a small thing like violating the RICO act does not rise to the level of impeachment any more than being born in Kenya. Lets move on.


13 posted on 04/26/2011 8:52:26 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Winged Hussar

IF it got to the level of an actual prosecution, it would be one of the campaign workers who ran the raffle. There’s no way a candidate is going to be held criminally liable for actions of staffers, unless it is provable that he directed the staffers to take illegal actions.

Think for example about reports that people working on a campaign slash tires, or steal signs. If there are any charges, it’s always for some staffer or volunteer.

Even when there is civil violations of FEC rules, the campaign pays the fines, the money doesn’t come personally from the candidate.

Furthermore, Obama could kill a guy in cold blood on the lawn of the White House, and the Senate would never vote to remove him from office. You might get the house to impeach him I guess.


14 posted on 04/26/2011 8:55:24 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Winged Hussar

Here are the top three most important issues that are threatening to crush the life out of our country:

1. Obama’s Birth Certificate
2. The White House failing to issue an Easter Proclamation
3. The Obama campaign raffling off dinner with the candidate.


15 posted on 04/26/2011 8:57:18 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Winged Hussar

What hasn’t Obama violated?


16 posted on 04/26/2011 9:02:09 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: JAKraig
It will be a racial nightmare. This is the way Democrats play, get used to it. We have to play by the rules and they get a pass.

So? He's going to get 90+% of the minority vote anyway, and all the usual RAT suspects' votes. Get a black conservative in congress to initiate the proceedings, to deflect about half of the flak from the MSM Marxists. They'll say that it is a racial attack anyway.

17 posted on 04/26/2011 9:02:43 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Winged Hussar

I think this falls under the Democrat exemption. You know — the one that states that laws do not apply when the lawbreaker is an elected Demoocrat or a Democrat candidate.


18 posted on 04/26/2011 9:07:08 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

“IF it got to the level of an actual prosecution, it would be one of the campaign workers who ran the raffle. There’s no way a candidate is going to be held criminally liable for actions of staffers, unless it is provable that he directed the staffers to take illegal actions.”

Except for the fact that there is a YouTube video of Obama personally making a pitch for one of these raffles. Sort of hard to let a peon take the fall when your name is on it personally. Obama never heard of “Do it but don’t tell me about it.” His name also appears as a signature on one of the E-mails.


19 posted on 04/26/2011 9:08:06 AM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Winged Hussar

You cannot win against a RomneyBOT.

They defend Obama in inscrutable ways - by proxy for Milt.


20 posted on 04/26/2011 9:12:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Winged Hussar

I am confused. Why would a union legal team go after 0dumbo for this?


21 posted on 04/26/2011 9:13:57 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: Winged Hussar

Is it any worse than giving a night in the White House to top donors?


22 posted on 04/26/2011 9:17:46 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java

I saw a report on Fox Business from a guy from Wall Street Journal saying all the big money donors from Wall Street and Hedge funds are NOT giving Obama a Dime.


23 posted on 04/26/2011 9:23:00 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: RWGinger

“I am confused. Why would a union legal team go after 0dumbo for this?”

She didn’t. She was writing on an unrelated matter but her assessment seems to fit “Dinner with Barack” perfectly.


24 posted on 04/26/2011 9:36:44 AM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Winged Hussar

Loved the “member of Congress” bit. We, who are not supporting Pres. Obama, do object — but no one listens to us. I am a member of the TEA Party and accustomed to the Republicans who want us to go away — can’t let these upstarts in; they must follow our lead. I write and call my congress critters; wrote my new congressman and asked him a question a couple of weeks ago. He ignores me. I voted for him, but might as well have stayed with Chet Edwards.
We need leaders in Congress.


25 posted on 04/26/2011 9:56:52 AM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Winged Hussar
Except for the fact that there is a YouTube video of Obama personally making a pitch for one of these raffles.

Ah, but little bammy merely invokes the Impenetrable Shield Of Negrophelia and he can not be harmed.

It is impervious to all attacks of any sort.

Mere facts bounce right off…

.

26 posted on 04/26/2011 9:57:27 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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27 posted on 04/26/2011 10:04:20 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Winged Hussar

And the countless millions he received ILLEGALLY from overseas? That doesn’t matter either, of course. Hussein can do NO wrong, after all.


28 posted on 04/26/2011 10:29:47 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Winged Hussar

OK, so, BFD.........

Next non-issue please........


29 posted on 04/26/2011 10:32:00 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: Catsrus
["I’m waiting for the MSM to report on this."]
30 posted on 04/26/2011 10:34:42 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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