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McCain Campaign Violated McCain-Feingold law with Palin Clothing Purchases

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In what has to be one of the most embarrassing turn of events for the McCain campaign thus far, it appears that in purchasing $150,000 worth of clothes for Sarah Palin and her family, McCain and his campaign and/or the RNC have violated the 2002 McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. A link to the entire text of the law and the relevant text are below. Only a lawyer would know for sure if this constitutes a breach of the law but the spirit of the law was definitely broken by the RNC, Palin and the McCain campaign:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h107-2356

SEC. 313. USE OF CONTRIBUTED AMOUNTS FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES.
(a) PERMITTED USES-

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(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.'

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Sec. 323
'(a) NATIONAL COMMITTEES-

'(1) IN GENERAL- A national committee of a political party (including a national congressional campaign committee of a political party) may not solicit, receive, or direct to another person a contribution, donation, or transfer of funds or any other thing of value, or spend any funds, that are not subject to the limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements of this Act.

'(2) APPLICABILITY- The prohibition established by paragraph (1) applies to any such national committee, any officer or agent acting on behalf of such a national committee, and any entity that is directly or indirectly established, financed, maintained, or controlled by such a national committee.

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This puts McCain and his campaign squarely in the realm of slapstick comedy. Does anyone still think he has the managerial and leadership skills to be President? His first major decision was choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate, the most unqualified person on a major national ticket in over 100 years, now his campaign violates a campaign finance reform law that he himself wrote. It's hard to demonstrate incompetence any better than that. He makes Inspector Clousseau, Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello seem adroit by comparison.

Will McCain and the RNC now stop whining about the money Obama has been able to raise? If they can afford to spend $150,000 on Palin's clothes, they obviously are not hurting for money. What does this say about the campaign's attempts to reach out to the 'Joe the Plumbers' and 'Joe Sixpacks' and 'Hockey moms' out there? Do those types of people spend $150,000 on clothes from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue? To think that Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and various other denizens of the Conservative Right went ballistic over a $400 haircut for John Edwards. Edwards' expenditures are minor league compared to the McCain-Shoppin' ticket. You betcha!

McCain is now in the unenviable position of trying to convince the American people that he should be the Chief Law Enforcement official of the land when he doesn't even obey the laws that he crafted. If he were waging an issue based campaign and not hurling false accusations at Obama as fast as he could shovel, one would almost feel sorry for him. McCain had it right when he suspended his campaign a few weeks ago, but the reasons and duration were wrong. He should suspend it permanently because he clearly does not have the judgment or skills for the job.

 

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I am pretty sure that it has a disclaimer that the... by Hayesml47 on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 11:54:50 AM
Wow!  uh -- think we'll be readin' ab... by Wisewoman on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 12:54:37 PM
Don't worry, the folks at the allegedly "... by Starbuck on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 10:46:54 PM
Compared to the coverage of Edwards' $400 hair... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 10:51:56 AM
What is most ironic is that I found opednews based... by Starbuck on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 11:47:32 AM
Here is a little experiment for you to try:Google ... by Starbuck on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 12:01:25 PM
Obama is not part of this discussion, Palin and Ed... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 12:34:12 PM
You made the claim that the media would rip Biden ... by Starbuck on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 1:30:28 PM
Once again and with feeling, if Obama or Biden had... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 5:44:59 PM
It ain't over til it's over, Mackinroe, so... by Starbuck on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 3:08:00 AM
next time dont doubt me.... by Steven Leser on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 7:14:24 PM
Clothes may not be bought by contributions to own&... by Leep on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 2:11:44 PM
Once again and with feeling:Sec. 323'(a) NATIO... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 2:16:20 PM
'(2) CONVERSION- For the purposes of paragraph... by Leep on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 8:39:20 PM
For the purposes of Campaign Finance laws, the onl... by Steven Leser on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 1:49:23 AM
McCain camp knows that this is a clear breach of t... by Karen Fish on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 3:14:10 PM
HAHAHAHA, TO THE PEOPLE IN IRACK, THEY DON'T W... by EVELYN CONLEY on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 4:19:43 PM
P P S, I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO BUY A $10.00 DRE... by EVELYN CONLEY on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 4:21:00 PM
I really enjoyed reading this one, Steve. What a n... by Hope Hofmann on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 6:04:01 PM
Have any of you heard about the lawsuit against yo... by Margaret Denson on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 10:28:59 PM
... as it was raised during the early primaries by... by Steven Leser on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 1:54:09 AM
This suit has not gone away and is in the hands of... by larry booth on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 1:35:22 PM
... once again, see the information in the Snopes ... by Steven Leser on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 10:14:03 PM
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/20... by Steven Leser on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 10:55:46 PM
Technically, if the clothes are to be worn for cam... by pft on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 1:15:26 AM
where allowable 'clothing' is further defi... by Steven Leser on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 1:50:50 AM
LAWINFO.COM has an article that agrees with your a... by Leep on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 2:24:47 PM
Lawinfo.com is wrong.... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 12:37:18 PM
Golly you must be really smart since the experts a... by Leep on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 12:40:03 PM
You should listen right away next time.... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 5:45:41 PM
I'm definitely an undecided - I don't like any of ... by Bobby Guest on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 10:15:46 AM
"(E) a vacation or other noncampaign-related ... by Robert Sargent on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:00:48 PM
... which I am sure he will.... by Steven Leser on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 1:29:10 PM
It's clear that Palin has the same "law-b... by Gary Anderson on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:24:40 PM
It would not be Govenor Palin that violated the la... by Leep on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 5:28:02 PM
There is a new logical fallacy Republicans like to... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 5:51:19 PM