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Fundraisers At Cochran Aide's House May Have Been Illegal, Lawyer Says ^ | 5/22/14 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 05/23/2014 5:08:17 AM PDT by cotton1706

Sen. Thad Cochran's longtime executive assistant, Kay Webber, frequently rents the first floor of the stately Capitol Hill house she owns as a venue for fundraisers, including to Cochran's campaign.

But a high-profile conservative attorney and a leading congressional watchdog say the fact Webber works for Cochran, and that Cochran lives in the house, present a series of thorny legal questions that could land the two in hot water.

“Because she is his staffer and because he lives at the same address as she does and where the events were held, then there are laws and rules that do govern what happens and how things can and cannot be paid for – and clearly these people have made no attempt to sort that out to be sure not to violate anything,” said Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer at Foley and Lardner who is representing the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said.

Sunlight Foundation editorial director Bill Allison said the situation is highly unusual.

“I can't think of a relationship between a member of Congress and a staffer that’s quite like this,” Allison said. “It’s almost like a tangled knot. You don’t know quite where to begin—there’s the taxpayer-funded travel, there’s the fundraising questions, there’s how she rents him this apartment in this house close to Capitol Hill where they have fundraisers. For a senator to have so many connections to somebody who is ostensibly his employee it’s definitely something worth looking into. Every time you publish something new, it’s like you wonder: Is there a next shoe that’s going to drop?”

Two lawyers for Cochran, William McGinley and Don McGahn of Patton Boggs, adamantly contested Mitchell's assessments of the relevant laws. “This is perfectly legal,” McGahn, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 05/23/2014 5:08:17 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Why wouldn’t gop-es take their cues from dems? It’s only Tea Party types that get prosecuted.

2 posted on 05/23/2014 5:15:01 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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“Streiff” at Redstate thinks that there is much more to the relationship between Cochran and Webber than a boss-employee.

3 posted on 05/23/2014 5:52:58 AM PDT by garyb
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