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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:16 AM

It is illegal to solicit campaign funds from the White House.


Think Al Gore. 1997. He made a few fundraising calls from the WH and was excoriated for it.

In his defense of his phone calls and insistence that they raised no legal issue, Mr. Gore referred today to a statute that makes it unlawful for ''any person to solicit or receive any contribution'' ''in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties,'' such as the offices in the White House.

The statute, Section 607 of Title 18 of the United States Code, has its roots in an 1876 law intended to discourage ''political assessments'': the collection from Government employees of part of their salary to support the incumbent party. The statute carries a maximum penalty of $5,000 and three years' imprisonment.

Unlike the Hatch Act, Section 607 makes no exceptions for any officials -- including the President or Vice President. And on its face, it is broadly worded, seeming to apply to any official who asks for a donation.


[link:https://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/04/us/gore-says-he-did-nothing-illegal-in-soliciting-from-white-house.html|

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Grasswire2 Jan 11 OP
fierywoman Jan 11 #1
Grasswire2 Jan 11 #6
Cicada Jan 11 #2
canetoad Jan 11 #4
Cicada Jan 11 #5
Hugin Jan 11 #3
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 11 #7

Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:44 AM

1. What about the Make AmericaGreat Again hats, which are so clearly part of

the tRump campaign -- shouldn't they be banned from being worn by the guy in the White House? Or maybe he should be fined 3 years in jail for every time he's worn one of those hats?

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:48 PM

6. that might fall under the Hatch Act. (which does not apply to POTUS, VP, but to other employees) nt

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:48 AM

2. Legal in non official parts of the White House

Legal in room A not legal in room B. What a stupid law. What real difference does it make which room you’re in?

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Response to Cicada (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:29 AM

4. Nah, that makes sense

If Trump wants to dance naked in the residence wearing nothing but a MAGA hat, he's quite entitled. It's his home.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:44 AM

5. No no no, don't make me visualize it.

Apparently someone hacked nudes of Bezos sent to his girlfriend. Again, no no no.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:53 AM

3. As long as McConnell is around nothing will happen. n/t

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Response to Hugin (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:52 PM

7. Lock him up!

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