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FEC investigation urged over Elton John, Hillary

 
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FEC investigation urged over Elton John, Hillary
Federal law bans in-kind donations from foreigners


A Washington-based public-interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption has sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission seeking an investigation into the apparent violation of U.S. election laws when pop star Elton John appeared at a fundraiser for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

The letter from Judicial Watch notes that federal law prohibits any contributions, including contributions of talents and time, by a foreign national to any federal, state or local election campaign.

News reports after the fundraiser mostly discussed Elton John's condemnation of the "misogynistic attitudes" of Americans and his belief that Clinton is the most qualified person to be president.

Those reports also estimated the event at Radio City Music Hall in New York raised about $2.5 million.

"Recent news reports suggest that Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton for President have accepted an in-kind contribution from a foreign national, Sir Elton John, in contravention of federal election laws," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a letter, dated Monday, to the FEC.

"On behalf of Judicial Watch and its supporters, I hereby request that the FEC investigate this matter," he said.

Judicial Watch noted that the Clinton campaign's own press release said the express intent of the concert was to raise funds for the campaign.

The campaign also quoted John, saying, "I'm excited to support Hillary by performing at what will be a truly memorable night," Judicial Watch said.

John also had, through the Clinton campaign, launched a mass e-mail about the event and soliciting support, Judicial Watch said.

"However, according to [federal law], 'Contributions and donations by foreign national,' it is illegal for any foreign national to 'make a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value … in connection with the Federal, State or local election,'" Judicial Watch said.

When concerns over the issue first started circulating, in a report at Inside the Beltway, John McCaslin reported the Clinton campaign was reporting it had "complied with the law," although no details were revealed.

A spokesman for the FEC called McCaslin's attention to an FEC opinion from 2004 about a Guatemalan national participating in a campaign for a U.S. congressman. However, that opinion dealt with a woman who was engaged to be married to the congressman.

"It looks as if Elton John, a foreign national, gave a valuable, in-kind contribution to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, which is prohibited by law," Fitton said. "The FEC and other authorities need to take appropriate action and investigate Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and Elton John."

The government watch organization cited a 1982 FEC advisory opinion that banned such activity.

"The commission has concluded … that the foreign, national artist may not donate his volunteer services to the committee," the agency ruled then.

Judicial Watch's letter noted the Clinton campaign announced: "Legendary artist Sir Elton John will perform at a solo concert on behalf of Hillary Clinton's campaign on April 9, 2008 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The event, called 'Elton and Hillary: One Night Only,' is Elton John's first public solo concert in New York City without his band since his solo concert at Madison Square Garden in October 2000."

The campaign also quoted John, saying: "I'm not a politician but I believe in the work that Hillary Clinton does. I'm excited to support Hillary by performing at what will be a truly memorable night."

Ticket prices started at $125 and rose from there.

"The direct involvement of Sir Elton John in Sen. Clinton's fundraising efforts … also raises the additional question of whether other laws have been violated," the organization said, citing an FEC ruling that foreign nationals are not allowed to participate in decision-making activities.

"Certainly, Sir Elton John's signing an e-mail requesting financial contributions for a presidential candidate raises a substantial question as to whether a violation of the legal prohibition of foreign nationals participating in the decision-making of a presidential campaign has occurred," the organization said.

It would not be the first time the issues of a fundraiser, a celebrity and Hillary Clinton's campaign have raised serious legal questions.

In Hollywood, mogul Peter F. Paul has been given permission to begin taking sworn testimony in his $17 million fraud suit against former President Bill Clinton, although a technicality delayed establishment of a trial date.

California Superior Court Judge Aurelio N. Munoz ruled Paul's legal team can begin seeking depositions from a host of big names – including Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton – that allegedly were witnesses to an effort by the Clintons and top Democratic leaders to extract millions of dollars from Paul in illegal donations and then cover it up.

The complaint says Bill Clinton promised to promote Paul's Internet entertainment company, Stan Lee Media, in exchange for stock, cash options and massive contributions to Hillary Clinton's 2000 senate campaign. Paul contends he was directed by the Clintons and Democratic Party leaders to produce, pay for and then join them in lying about footing the bill for an August 2000 Hollywood gala and fundraiser.

Sen. Clinton was dismissed from the case as a defendant, but Munoz already has made it clear he won't accept any attempts to block Sen. Clinton from serving as a material witness.

In court April 7, 2006, a Paul attorney told Munoz he "anticipated opposition to taking the deposition of Senator Clinton. I assume we'll be back to court on motions of that."

The judge replied: "Well, any opposition is probably going to be dead on arrival, if that will – if you understand what I'm saying, Mr. Kendall."

Paul contends his case will expose "the institutional culture of corruption embraced by the Clinton leadership of the Democratic Party," which seeks to attain "unaccountable power for the Clintons at the expense of the rule of law and respect for the constitutional processes of government."

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Fuck that! I am more pissed off that banks can accurately monitor money flow in millions of transactions every single day but we cannot get an accurate verifiable vote count from the machines designed by the same companies that make ATM machines. Besides anyone who hasn't caught on to the lies and hypocracy of Billary's scorched earth campaign is obviously taking the correct dosage of USRDA for flouride.
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I dont support Hitlery but thy really dont have a leg to stand on.

The only way they could move forward with this is if Elton John:

1) performed
2) was paid to be there
3) paid Hitlery a contribution.

Did Elton john actually perform?
The article doesn't say.

It does say that he was exited to be able to perform but did he actually perform.
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04/16/2008 02:24 PM
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I dont support Hitlery but thy really dont have a leg to stand on.

The only way they could move forward with this is if Elton John:

1) performed
2) was paid to be there
3) paid Hitlery a contribution.

Did Elton john actually perform?
The article doesn't say.

It does say that he was exited to be able to perform but did he actually perform.
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If they could compare what her contributions are at events NOT featuring Elton, to that particular night, they could show that he contributed his services to earn her more cash. And he wasn't just performing, he was actively supporting her.
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