So, can we expect federal officers to be raiding her attorney’s office, or does that happen only when you vote Republican? According to the New York Post, Rosie O’Donnell made illegally over-sized campaign donations to at least five Democratic federal candidates.
The liberal comedian has regularly broken Federal Election Commission rules limiting the total any one person can give to an individual candidate at $2,700 per election. The limit applies separately to primaries, runoffs and general elections.
“Nothing nefarious,” the outspoken star and Donald Trump arch-nemesis wrote in an email to the Post. “I was not choosing to over donate.
“If 2700 is the cut off — [candidates] should refund the money,” she wrote. “I don’t look to see who I can donate most to … I just donate assuming they do not accept what is over the limit.”
Translation: Her dog ate her homework.
Her claim of “nothing nefarious,” implying that it was just an innocent mistake, is impugned by the fact that she used five different New York addresses and four variations of her name in handing out cash.
Filings show O’Donnell gave a combined $5,400 in contributions that were over the legal limit to the five candidates.
The Post quotes Jan Witold Baran, a prominent D.C. campaign finance lawyer, as saying:
Donors are rarely fined for excess contributions and then only if they are hiding the donations from the recipients. Campaigns generally are not penalized for isolated contributions over a limit. However, multiple excessive donations may lead to an investigation. … Fines could result in such cases.