Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How can this be legal?

Seriously.  If Obama was doing this, Republicans would be howling for blood.

Less than one year after the US Supreme Court upheld prohibitions against foreign contributions, presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is planning a $60,000-a-plate fundraiser in Jerusalem, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Didn't he just announce something in London, too?

On the eve of the Olympic Games, Mitt Romney is planning two separate fundraising events in central London hosted by a variety of banking industry officials, according to copies of the invitations obtained by the Globe. 
The events involve a reception – at a cost of $2,500 per person – and a high-dollar “private dinner with Governor Mitt Romney” that will cost from $25,000 to $75,000 per person. Both events will be held at a location in “central London” that has not yet been named.
I know that the London invites mention something about attendees having to supply a copy of a US Passport as proof of citizenship, but look at the names involved:
Others involved in hosting the events are Dwight Poler, managing director at the European branch of Bain Capital, the firm Romney founded; Raj Bhattacharyya, managing director at Deutsche Bank; and Dan Bricken, a managing director at Wells Fargo Securities. 
Among the others involved are Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets; Eric Varvel, the chief executive officer of Bank of Credit Suisse; and Gregg Lemkau, who is the Goldman Sachs head of mergers and acquisitions for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
It may skirt the edge of legality, but it violates the spirit of the law for certain.  To have all these foreigners involved, even if not personally contributing money, should be a violation, since they are "involved" in bundling that money and getting the contributors together.

Fundraisers should be restricted to the territory of the United States, period, with NO foreign nationals involved at all.  If they want to get involved in US politics, let 'em become US citizens.

And yes, that should apply to Obama, too.


Anonymous said...

Obama isn't doing this???

Pot calling Kettle black, anyone???

Robert Ahrens said...

Hmm, maybe you should have read the last line in my post...