Campaign finance law is allegedly designed to prevent campaigns being funded entirely by certain wealthy individuals, and to ensure that anyone can, theoretically, compete for a political position. However, as the legal assault against Dinesh D’Souza shows, it’s often used as a politically-biased weapon, wielded by the victor of political campaigns to assault former opponents and detractors.
Rosie O’Donnell, perhaps most famous for her awful tenure as a host on ‘The View,’ has recently been caught breaking campaign finance laws with ‘oversized’ donations to Democrat Party candidates around the country. However, it doesn’t seem that the government is interested in prosecuting her for the same crimes that earned D’Souza serious penalties, and there’s no word that she’ll face prosecution, let alone imprisonment. All she wants is a ‘refund’ of the excess amount, it seems.
Current campaign finance law bars donors from providing more than $2,700 to any individual’s campaign. At this time, evidence suggests that O’Donnell violated this limit at least FIVE times in recent history, giving money to democrat campaigns across the nation.
So far, the list includes $3,450 given to Omar Vaid, a democrat congressional candidate from Staten Island for his primary, $4,200 to democrat Lauren Underwood for her primary, $2,950 to Congressman Adam Schiff for his primary, $3,600 for democrat Conor Lamb’s special election in Pennsylvania, and $4,700 for democrat Doug Jones, now a U.S. Senator, in his election against judge Roy Moore in Alabama.
In a statement from O’Donnell herself, she seemed to blame the candidates’ campaigns for taking the excess funds, rather than accepting blame for breaking American campaign finance law, saying that she assumed the candidates would not accept money over the limit.
She claimed that she donated the money through a leftist fundraising platform, ActBlue, and that she also assumed the platform would notify her if she broke any applicable financing laws.
She also told the New York Post that excessively donating to democrat campaigns targeting President Donald Trump “eases her anxiety.”
While donating may make her feel better that her choice for President of the United States lost, it doesn’t make it any less illegal.
Of course, in accepting the excessive donations, those five members of the Democrat Party broke campaign finance law as well.
The Lamb campaign said that it will notify O’Donnell of her excessive contribution, and will then either refund the excess or roll the money over into the November election campaign.
Vaid’s campaign claimed that it “inadvertently designated” O’Donnell’s funds to the ‘wrong election,’ and will amend their campaign filings to make this clear.
The other campaigns did not comment on the excessive funds they received, or what they did with them. They also failed to mention what they will do to remedy the situation.
According to sources, O’Donnell donated more than $90,000 to 50 different candidates and committees in the current 2017-2018 cycle.
It’s somewhat comical that O’Donnell violated campaign finance laws, as she has in the past seemed ‘very concerned’ about campaign finance laws and the Citizens United decision.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that she’s been accused of attempting to misuse funds concerning politics.
In December 2017, Rosie O’Donnell offered $2 million to any republican who would vote against Donald Trump’s tax bill, and she even tweeted to two different republican Senators her offer.
so how about this
i promise to give
2 million dollars to senator susan collins
and 2 million to senator jeff flake
if they vote NO
NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS
FOR THE SUOER RICH
DM me susan
DM me jeff
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 20, 2017
She offered Senators Jeff Flake and Suzanne Collins $2 million in cash to change their vote. Many commentators said that this was an outright attempt at bribery, although the federal government apparently didn’t see the need to persecute her for her attempt to illegally influence politics.
Such laws only apply to those guilty of ‘wrongthink,’ not to leftists like O’Donnell.
According to campaign finance expert Jan Witold, it isn’t likely that the former celebrity will face any sort of punishment, and it is unlikely that the campaigns which received the excessive donations will face even a fine.
When Dinesh D’Souza allegedly contributed money in excess to the New York campaign of senate candidate Wendy Long, he was prosecuted harshly.
He was accused of making false statements to the Federal Election Committee, and convicted on one ‘felony’ count of ‘making illegal campaign contributions in the names of others.’
Even famous leftist and brilliant legal mind Alan Dershowitz pointed out that the prosecution of D’Souza seemed arbitrary, stating that he couldn’t “help but believe that his politics have something to do with it.”
D’Souza suggested that the unusually harsh treatment occurred as politically motivated retribution after the success of his film condemning Barack Obama, movie 2016: Obama’s America.
It’s always interesting to see how leftists get a pass for breaking campaign finance laws. Both the Obama campaigns and Hillary’s 2016 campaign were caught accepting donations from foreign citizens, and the punishment was minimal.
It’d be nice to see O’Donnell face the same scrutiny D’Souza did, but it’s not likely when the deep state is disinterested in looking at the crimes of leftists as they pertain to campaign finance.