Offshore illegal GOP campaign megadonors receive record FEC fines after The Intercept reveals their crimes

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/03/12/charlie-spies.html

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TIL that foreign donations to political campaigns are legal if you have an American pretend to be the decision maker.
What the hell?..

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Until we get publicly funded elections, this sort of corruption is going to stay a shell game, with only occasional and mostly ineffective interruptions such as described in the article.

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Do you want to deny good US businessmen the opportunity to offshore their business to Dublin or the Maldives and still contribute generously to their chosen US political causes?

It’s as if you’re suggesting that their foreign corporation is somehow a foreign person…

/s

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That is not a lot of money right? As the price for buying the American elections? Kinda cheap if you ask me…

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Please clap.

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A downright bargain, in terms of having been caught and what was donated.

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I really don’t understand the point of a fine as a deterrent for a financial crime if it’s not a greater-than-one multiple of the amount you’re being fined over.

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  1. Makes it seem like you are punishing wrong-doing.

  2. Really just garnering more funds for the party that is in control at the time.

Politically, it’s a win-win! Logically, morally and financially, it’s a lose-lose-lose.

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America! Where “record fine” translates to “statistically insignificant blip on the balance sheet.”

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multiply those fines x10 - now sounds right

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Citizens united was the most flawed and undemocratic decision in modern United States history and this is a perfect example of why.

That decision needs to be reversed and permanently.

Corporations are not people, and dark money should not be allowed in Democratic politics

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