Last Updated: Friday, 16 November 2007, 17:06 GMT £1,145 bill for dinner with stars
Guess who is coming to dinner in Dublin?
None other than former US president Bill Clinton, who is mingling with a host of Ireland's elite at a fundraising bash on Saturday night.
The 1,600 euro (£1,145) a head dinner is in aid of his wife Hillary's presidential campaign fund - and the places have been much coveted. [...]
But this violates federal campaign finance laws.
From the Federal Election Commission
The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.
go to jail for this (Federal Election Campaign Laws (pdf)
(D) Any person who knowingly and willfully commits a
violation of section 320 (2 U.S.C. § 441f) involving an amount
aggregating more than $10,000 during a calendar year shall
(i) imprisoned for not more than 2 years if the
amount is less than $25,000 (and subject to imprisonment
under subparagraph (A) if the amount is $25,000
(ii) fined not less than 300 percent of the amount
involved in the violation and not more than the greater
(I) $50,000; or
(II) 1,000 percent of the amount involved in
the violation; or
(iii) both imprisoned under clause (i) and fined
under clause (ii).1
Do you think Hillary or Bill will receive any punishment? They don't call him "slick" for nothing.