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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:43 AM
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Deceased still lining political coffers, to tune of half-million
Deceased still lining political coffers, to tune of half-million


By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON Harold Schooler died in 2003, but his political activism lives on.

The former piano salesman and musician is among more than 160 dead people who have given more than $540,000 to political committees and candidates for the White House and Congress over the past eight years, an analysis of political donations shows.

LIST: Top donations from deceased donors

The estate of Schooler, who lived in Palm Springs, Calif., has donated $28,500 this year to the Democratic National Committee.

Federal rules allow such donations as long as contributions don't exceed legal limits and the intentions of the deceased were known, said Federal Election Commission spokesman Bob Biersack. Such gifts are fairly rare, he said.

Kent Cooper, a campaign-finance expert and former Federal Election Commission official, admits these contributions are "a little strange and unusual."

"People hear now and then of accusations of dead people voting," he said, "but these are examples of dead people continuing to give and give and give."

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/2007-11-27-DeadDo...
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:50 AM
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1. If it ain't illegal, and it's going to the DNC, well, right ON! nt
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Sadie4629 Donating Member (919 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:58 AM
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2. How can it NOT be illegal??
Under campaign finance reform I would think it would definitely be illegal. I also believe both parties should follow the same rules. If you think it would be wrong if it was the Repubs, you should think it's wrong for the Dems.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:03 AM
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3. Because the head of the FEC said so. Didn't you read the article?
Apparently not, otherwise you would know that it IS LEGAL.

So long as you don't exceed the cyclical limits, you can contribute--or your estate can--after you are well and truly dead, over the course of years.

Hey, why the hell not?

My point about the Democrats was that I would "prefer" the donations to go to us, as opposed to the other team. I wasn't suggesting that one is legal and the other not.

You're terribly concrete in your thinking, aren't you....
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